How KPIs and Metrics Can Help Measure Security Compliance
So, how do KPI’s and metrics help measure security compliance? You hear a lot these days about how analytics can drive security operations but compliance is increasingly critical in many industries and sectors. Key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics can assist security teams and senior management with strategic decision-making while simultaneously helping your organization measure and maintain compliance.
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In 7 Security Industry KPIs to Impress Your Boss, we discussed how KPIs can streamline operations, track usage and traffic, and monitor equipment. In this post, we’ll take a look at how your KPIs, data, and metrics can make it easier for your company to monitor compliance.
Types of Security Compliance Metrics
There are three primary types of metrics that can help ensure security compliance: activity metrics, process metrics, and outcome metrics.
Activity metrics may answer questions like, “What are we doing to improve compliance?” or “What are we doing to improve our ethical performance?”
Process metrics cover the reliability, age, and usability of your security systems or the performance of your guard force.
Outcome metrics answer the question of whether or not your actions and processes are working. In other words, do your actions and systems lead to improved outcomes?
What are KPIs and How Are They Used for Security Compliance?
We covered the basics of KPIs in How Important are KPIs to the Security Pro, but in a nutshell, solid KPIs are based on your company or organization’s objectives and are designed to measure success or highlight areas of opportunity.
Often, KPIs are time-limited milestones that tell you whether or not you’re on track to meet your goals. In some instances, KPIs are qualitative and are based on observation.
However, with data-driven visual dashboards like SecureVizual, you can be sure that your KPIs are quantitative and objective. Capturing objective data and interacting with that data in an easy-to-use dashboard format is the first step to measuring effective security compliance.
Examples of security Compliance KPIs
Finding the right metrics for your company can be tough. Here are a few examples of KPIs and metrics (check out What’s the Difference Between Metrics, Analytics, and KPIs) that your compliance officer may find useful:
- Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)
- Percentage difference between MTBF across systems
- Mean Time Between Repair (MTBR)
- Percentage difference between MTBR across systems
- Vulnerability data
- Training and awareness
- Tracking employee required training completion
- Equipment performance and availability
- Equipment maintenance schedules
- Number of events being recorded
- Response times
- Mean Time to Detection
- Mean Time to Response
- System availability
Here at SecureVizual, we can help you stay in compliance and do so in style. Our highly customizable and easy-to-read dashboard reporting and analytics make it easy for end-users and compliance officers to identify metrics and assess KPIs.
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