Security Metrics That Matter: Improving Visibility and Effectiveness

Dr. Mike Lloyd, CTO, RedSeal Networks
Security metrics for improving management have long been an issue of discussion and debate across the industry. Some experts and practitioners contend that we need these key indicators if we’re ever going to drive down real-world risk, while others think that the concept can’t be applied practically. Some experts feel that we just haven’t found the right numbers to measure security effectiveness yet.

Count RedSeal Networks among the final group… although we think that we’ve made some important headway in helping organizations unearth those figures that will actually allow them to better trend and improve their rates of success.

Expanding on his sold-out keynote at Security BSidesSD, join RedSeal CTO Dr. Mike Lloyd for a webcast: Security Metrics that Matter
As part of his presentation Dr. Mike will outline:

•Why previous metrics efforts have under-delivered
•The need to tie measurement to underlying business value
•How you can build metrics that truly measure effectiveness

As an added bonus, we’ll also release the results of our in-booth RSA survey: “Panning for Gold in the Avalanche: Security Pros Still Searching for Metrics”

Don’t miss this chance to hear this compelling new research that surfaces the opinions that you and your colleagues at RSA shared with us.

Hear about your peers’ current level of visibility into network access and risk exposure, the desire for new security metrics, and how RedSeal can help.
Apr 26 2012
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Security Metrics That Matter: Improving Visibility and Effectiveness
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    Count RedSeal Networks among the final group… although we think that we’ve made some important headway in helping organizations unearth those figures that will actually allow them to better trend and improve their rates of success.

    Expanding on his sold-out keynote at Security BSidesSD, join RedSeal CTO Dr. Mike Lloyd for a webcast: Security Metrics that Matter
    As part of his presentation Dr. Mike will outline:

    •Why previous metrics efforts have under-delivered
    •The need to tie measurement to underlying business value
    •How you can build metrics that truly measure effectiveness

    As an added bonus, we’ll also release the results of our in-booth RSA survey: “Panning for Gold in the Avalanche: Security Pros Still Searching for Metrics”

    Don’t miss this chance to hear this compelling new research that surfaces the opinions that you and your colleagues at RSA shared with us.

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Monitor network security effectiveness and prioritize risk, today.
Enterprise organizations and government agencies have spent countless years and millions of dollars attempting to segment infrastructure and protect critical assets, but most have no idea how well layered defenses actually work.

Security, networking and audit staff have no centralized means of visualizing the state of protection or current attack surface, end-to-end, or communicating that intelligence.

Management cannot determine the ROI of security spend; risk is prioritized using static ranking; circumvention of simple controls still enables most breaches.

Enter RedSeal Networks, the only provider of proactive security management solutions that offer a continuous method of assessing IT protection and risk exposure. Pinpoint the precise level of access permitted across security infrastructure, informed by the business value of underlying host assets and data. Prioritize risk, validate compliance and manage security using quantitative analysis.

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