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Measuring Information Security: Guidelines to Build Metrics

  • Eberhard von Faber

Abstract

Measuring information security is a genuine interest of security managers. With metrics they can develop their security organization’s visibility and standing within the enterprise or public authority as a whole. Organizations using information technology need to use security metrics. Despite the clear demands and advantages, security metrics are often poorly developed or ineffective parameters are collected and analysed. This paper describes best practices for the development of security metrics. First attention is drawn to motivation showing both requirements and benefits. The main body of this paper lists things which need to be observed (characteristic of metrics), things which can be measured (how measurements can be conducted) and steps for the development and implementation of metrics (procedures and planning). Analysis and communication is also key when using security metrics. Examples are also given in order to develop a better understanding. The author wants to resume, continue and develop the discussion about a topic which is or increasingly will be a critical factor of success for any security managers in larger organizations.

Keywords

Risk Management Information Security Security Control Security Incident Security Action 
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© Vieweg+Teubner | GWV Fachverlage GmbH 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eberhard von Faber
    • 1
  1. 1.Brandenburg University of Applied ScienceBrandenburg

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