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Apply Five Rules to Your Security Metrics

Published: 07 November 2017

ID: G00341872

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan , Jeffrey Wheatman


Everyone wants a neat set of industry-standard security metrics; however, this can be a mistake, because different organizations care about different things and have widely varying raw data sources. Security and risk management leaders must craft the most important metrics to their specific context.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Rule 1: Determine Your Relevance
  • Rule 2: Provide Context and Use Business Language
  • Rule 3: Determine Whether You're Clear on Your Goals for Your Metrics
  • Rule 4: Choose Metrics That Are Forward-Looking
  • Rule 5: Security Metrics Must Be Pragmatic

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