Tom Bowers, Technical Editor, Information Security magazine, presented this session at Information Security Decisions

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Fall 2005.

Most discussions of security metrics focus on abstract theory -- how to measure security using complex equations that are only practical in a "perfect" world. This session takes the opposite tack, honing in on real-world methods for developing security metrics given the technical and cultural constraints within the modern organization. Tom Bowers, manager of information security operations at a large pharmaceutical company and technical editor for Information Security, offers insight into metrics that work for his company and other organizations he's familiar with. Tom details current, real-world projects and explains how he and his fellow security practitioners demonstrated value to the business units, as well as the CFO and CIO, without expensive, time-consuming academic formulas.

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  • The theories for generating metrics and if they apply to security
  • Where to find measurable security statistics
  • Practical low/no cost tools available
  • Tips on presenting the business value where ROI is difficult to justify
  • How to leverage security events occurring outside your company in your presentation

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This was first published in October 2005

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