Video: How to measure the effectiveness of your cyber defenses


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Measuring the effectiveness of cyber security solutions is a difficult task – individual products may tell you how many pieces of malware have been quarantined or how many vulnerabilities have been patched but that doesn’t really tell us how well protected an organisation is.

It gets even trickier when you try to assess how the entire cyber security strategy is performing – including training, processes and technology – and contributing to keeping cyber risk at a level your business can accept.

Many companies find themselves relying on one blunt metric – have I been breached yet? If the answer is no, it’s tough to build a business case for investing in further cyber security measures. If the answer is yes, the floodgates will probably open and purchase orders will be signed off in record time.

The problem is that neither scenario is particularly useful in identifying, managing and measuring cyber risk over time.

This is why a single metric or measurement should be used to assess the entire cyber risk posture of an organisation. Any good managed cyber security service provider will be able to distil, into a single metric, how well you, as an organisation, are protected.

norm.’s single metric is the Cyber Resilience Score, which can be found in smartbloc. LIVE, the online visualiser that displays the output from the managed cyber security service, smartbloc..

The Cyber Resilience Score incorporates the outputs of your entire cyber security strategy and sums it up in a single 0-100 score, 0 being you’re wide open to an attack, 100 being you’re safe as houses.

If you think that the Cyber Resilience Score and smartbloc. LIVE would help you to better communicate with internal stakeholders about the performance of your cyber security efforts, request your no-obligation demo by completing the form below.

Paul cragg

Written by Paul Cragg
Paul Cragg is CTO at norm. where he is responsible for the overall technological and systems functions of the business. He also oversees the deployment of norm’s services as well as developing key commercial relationships. Paul plays a pivotal role in the ongoing development of cyber security and data protection services which deliver transparency and tangible value to norm’s growing client base.

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