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The Security Metrics Challenge (Video)

This recent session at the Annual ASIS Seminar and Exhibits includes five top-level security professionals discussing how they use metrics in their organizations. The impressive list of speakers represented the U.S. Air Force, the Defense Intelligence Agency, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, Boeing, and General Dynamics.

All five find their approach to using metrics in the C-suite is driven by risk management—assessing the potential for risk, plotting potential stress points, and giving warnings before the bad news hits. Examples of these types of risks include cyber threats, data breeches, and physical threats. Once again, the metrics included in this type of presentation must be targeted to provide a risk profile for decision making, including countermeasures and mitigation alternatives. The approach should include elements that the boss wants to know or is unaware off, including what needs to change.

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