Gartner Research

Sharpen Your Security Metrics to Make Them Relevant and Effective

Published: 13 May 2014

ID: G00259303

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan


There is increasing demand for security metrics that demonstrate relevance and value. CISOs can use this research to reform security metrics in a pragmatic way, developing meaningful metrics or improving the metrics you have.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Identify Each Intended Recipient for Your Security Metrics, and Why They Should Take Notice, Knowing Each Person's Interests and Expectations
  • Take the Metrics That You Have, and Refine Them
  • Articulate Your Metrics Using the Language and Concepts That Your Audience Understands, Reporting Only on What Is Relevant to Them
  • Don't Rely Just on Numbers — Interpret the Metrics for Your Audience, and Provide Recommended Courses of Action
  • Appendix

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