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Remove The Mystery From Security Metrics

Performance Management: The S&R Practice Playbook

February 5, 2021

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This is the Performance Management report in The S&R Practice Playbook For 2021.

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CISOs continue to have difficulty creating meaningful security metrics despite a decade of discussion. Without good metrics, the security organization can't participate in business conversations alongside sales, marketing, finance, and operations. This report is a complete guide to metrics that CISOs can use to steer the security team's efforts, allocate resources strategically, and communicate results with stakeholders throughout the organization. We put aside platitudes like "talk to the business" in favor of detailed discussion points and practical examples. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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Table of Contents

  • Security Metrics Still Baffle Most Executives
  • Create Security Metrics That Matter
  • Use Metrics That Show Alignment
  • Recommendations

  • Take Immediate Steps To Assure Strategic Alignment
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