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Whether you are a new CISO starting out at a new organization or a tenured CISO coming under more scrutiny from executive leadership, a centralized metrics dashboard will help track goals and trends and satisfy multiple stakeholders within your
organization. In this piece, we outline the basic metrics CISOs should consider for their dashboards.
At the highest level, CISO dashboards typically have two types of consumers: Those who need tactical data and those who need strategic status.
Using the top metrics would be an example of satisfying stakeholders with tactical concerns, while strategic use cases would satisfy stakeholders with governance concerns. They should expect to see key risk indicators (KRIs) in conjunction with whatever
framework you may be using, be it the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), ISO etc.
A logical combination of each is the ideal but consider starting with the tactical metrics. The idea is to design a dashboard with the flexibility to add as many key tactical metrics as needed based on business and risk drivers.
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The first step is to outline “metric primitives” you can use to compose metrics you care about, given your business and risk drivers.
There are five main metrics areas to consider, each requiring progressively more sophistication:
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