Implement and Optimize an Effective Security Management Metrics Program

Make your security analytics useful for governing your business operations & security program.

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Without a right-sized security metrics program, your organization can suffer from the following:

  • Wasted investments in maintaining ineffective security controls and processes.
  • Overwhelming attempts to track irrelevant and unnecessary metrics.
  • Stagnant growth plans as there is no evidence to support optimization.

Tracking and reporting the right security management metrics will lead to the following benefits:

  • Increased visibility into your operations.
  • Improved accountability.
  • Better communications with executives resulting from the hard evidence of security performance.
  • Improved security posture through better understanding of the effectiveness of the security program.

Module 1: Establish the Baseline Metrics

The Purpose

  • Understand how metrics can be valuable to your organization.
  • Identify where your organization currently stands with respect to metrics and where improvements can be made.
  • Determine which metrics make sense for your organization to track.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Increased visibility into the current metrics program.
  • Understanding of an optimal metrics program.
  • Narrowed focus on relevant metrics.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Discuss the value of metrics and different types
  • Value of metrics
1.2 Determine risk tolerance level
  • Risk tolerance level
1.3 Discuss target state of recommended metrics
  • List of recommended metrics
1.4 Conduct current state assessment
  • Current state
1.5 Review gap analysis
  • Understanding of gaps
1.6 Complete Security Metrics Worksheet
  • Shortlist of potential metrics

Module 2: Develop the Metrics Program Roadmap

The Purpose

  • Rather than tracking all metrics from the get-go, determine a staggered timeline to implement the metrics program.
  • Make metrics more than just data points by providing context and analysis.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Make the metrics program more digestible and easy to implement.
  • Discover how to make metrics valuable to provide insight into the organization’s security program.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Prioritize the suggested metrics
  • Order of tracking, based on factors such as affordability and alignment with business objectives
2.2 Develop a metrics roadmap
  • Formalized timeline of metric tracking
2.3 Create a library of metrics
  • Formalized summary of metrics
2.4 Discuss data sources and collection methods
  • Understanding of data collection processes
2.5 Understand how to make data useful
  • Strategy to make metrics valuable

Module 3: Track and Report the Metrics

The Purpose

  • Use the most appropriate tracking tools relative to your needs.
  • Create a concise, valuable presentation to share key metrics.
  • Optimize the program to avoid wasting resources tracking no-longer-relevant metrics.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Various tracking tools investigated.
  • Clear and efficient presentation of metrics to management.
  • Optimized metrics program.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Discuss methods of tracking metrics
  • Options to track metrics
3.2 Prepare communication material to share findings with management
  • Clear guidelines on sharing key metrics with management
3.3 Understand how to review the success of the metrics program
  • Understanding of successful/unsuccessful metrics

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