IDG Contributor Network: Security metrics you need for the board
When it comes to measuring cybersecurity success, those less steeped in the subject matter often boil the whole thing down to one metric: Has your organization been hacked, or hasn’t it?
This puts CSOs in a difficult position because breaches do happen, despite the best-laid defenses. Moreover, just because an organization hasn’t succumbed to a data breach, doesn’t necessarily mean they have the appropriate defenses in place.
To prevent this all-too-common oversimplification of cybersecurity metrics, it’s important that CSOs educate leadership on appropriate success criteria for their security programs. But in an increasingly data-saturated world, what are the core metrics that CSOs should present when communicating the state of security at their organization?