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[ISN] Five Tactical Security Metrics To Watch



http://www.darkreading.com/security-monitoring/167901086/security/perimeter-security/232600679/five-tactical-security-metrics-to-watch.html

By Robert Lemos
Contributing Writer
Dark Reading
Feb 10, 2012

Ask security professionals for a list of important metrics, and expect to get a long list with much debate. Yet information security managers need a way to keep track of their progress on securing the network while watching out for potential threatening situations.

Good metrics can help define the fight. While many professionals might argue that it's better to have as much information on the security of their networks as possible, too much information can blind practitioners to what is going on, says Mike Lloyd, chief technology officer for network monitoring and discovery firm RedSeal Networks.

"You don't have to have, nor want, a dashboard like an airplane," he says. "You want a dashboard that's more like a car."

In its own dashboard for clients, RedSeal goes to one extreme: a single overall score for network risk. Drilling down on the score is what reveals the specific metrics that make up the score. A network map and two top 10 lists round out the dashboard.

Verizon and its managed security practice focuses more on incident metrics. Tracking what goes wrong can help an IT manager figure out where to allocate resources, says Christopher Porter, a principal of Verizon's RISK team.

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