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Communicating Security Program Effectiveness

“How secure are we?” is a question most information security professionals dread, because it’s almost impossible to accurately answer.

Are you just guessing?

Without the proper tools to measure the security processes and functions in place within your organization, the answer to the question “How secure are we?” is typically just a “best guess.” However, this “best guess” is often the only answer most security professionals can give when trying to answer questions about the security risks facing their organization.

How do you determine effectiveness?

Far too often, the security metrics provided to business executives and the board are not fully understood and fail to deliver any real value to the organization. How does an organization know that the money and resources allocated to a security program are making them more secure?

Measure and communicate what matters.

This white paper explores some of the challenges information security professionals face when selecting and presenting accurate and relevant metrics to the board and other business executives.

  • Learn how specific criteria, such as SMART (Specific, Measureable, Actionable, Relevant, and Timely) security metrics, can guide your decision-making process and ensure the metrics you choose are relevant and can drive action.
  • See how Tenable SecurityCenter Continuous View™, through the use of Assurance Report Cards™ (ARCs), dashboards, and reports, enables Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and other security professionals to effectively and easily communicate security metrics to the decision-makers and business leaders within your organization.

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