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Ranum Q&A: How to make the grade in information security metrics
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of July / August 2014 Vol. 16 / No. 6
How do you measure the effectiveness of your security program? Marcus Ranum uncovers how one Ivy League school uses information security metrics to improve and automate its processes in this Q&A with Joel Rosenblatt, the director of computer and network security at Columbia University's Information Security Office. A Columbia alumnus, Rosenblatt has tapped the keyboards at the New York institution in the Upper West Side of Manhattan since 1973, first as an engineering student, then as a mainframe systems programmer and manager. Rosenblatt got hooked on security metrics (and nailing the "bad guys") when he was asked to build the university's security program in 2000. He used security measurements to enhance a range of projects from identity management to asset protection. All that data has paid off. Information security metrics have provided concrete measurements to justify automated processes that monitor networks and systems, and even take care of compliance issues related to online copyright infringement. I've known you for, ...
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