Overcoming security metrics challenges to measure what matters

August 5, 2021

Security Magazine

As legendary management guru Peter Drucker said, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” For some business functions, such as sales and human resources, standard metrics clearly illustrate whether or not departments are on track to meet business objectives. Unfortunately, it’s not as clear-cut for security programs.

While many organizations may realize they can’t entirely eliminate cyber risk, they still need to quantify their security efforts and set thresholds to show whether they’re trending positively or introducing more risk. The right metrics help to shed light on a company’s current security posture and, more importantly, where it might have gaps, shortcomings, or areas to prioritize for future improvement.