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Are You Secure? Essential Cybersecurity Metrics You Need to Know

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Staying current with the latest Cybersecurity Metrics trends and industry regulations requires your organisation to remain flexible and agile to changes. Ensuring that your organisation’s cybersecurity is in good standing can help mitigate potential threats and reduce risk while remaining in compliance with regulatory bodies. Being prepared can also help your business stay on top of its goals and allow for better scalability and increased performance. Identifying gaps in your IT stack can also help you make the right decision on partnering with 4th Platform to bolster your security posture.

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When determining the current state of your organisation’s technology infrastructure and security posture, you’ll want to look at the following cybersecurity metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs):

How slow is your network?

Slow performance can include frequent crashes, unresponsive or lagging software, long loading times, slow data processing, or slow data transferring times. If you’ve flagged any of these as an issue, you’re likely experiencing decreased productivity and frustration from employees – and ultimately – your customers.

How old is your hardware according to your Cybersecurity Metrics?

Legacy servers, workstations, and networking equipment can be incredibly inviting to hackers, making your business more vulnerable to data breaches. Determining how often the devices on your network are updated can help you figure out the percentage of devices that are compliant. If hardware or software is no longer supported, it’s time to look for new options.

How quickly are you deploying patches using Cybersecurity Metrics?

Studies have found high percentages of data breaches and ransomware stem from exploits of known but unpatched vulnerabilities. Ensure you are deploying the latest updates and patches needed to stay in compliance and stay protected. If the average company takes around three months to patch a critical vulnerability, being more responsive makes you less of a target.

Are there unidentified devices on your internal network?

Any unidentified devices, such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices or employees’ personal devices can create an entry point for bad actors to infiltrate your environment.

How many breach attempts has your Cybersecurity Metrics detected ?

Documenting the number of intrusion attempts can help provide insight into how frequent the breach attempts are and identify any patterns or common sources of entry that cyber attackers are using to attempt to gain entry into your network.

What is your Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)?

Knowing your MTBF allows you to assess the durability and reliability of your IT stack. MTBF calculates the average time interval between two successive components or system failures.

What is your Mean Time to Detect (MTTD) and Mean Time To Acknowledge (MTTA)?

The MTTD metric determines the average time it takes for your organisation to detect a potential security breach. It’s important to know how vigilant your security system is and how responsive the IT stack you have in place is should an attack occur. Your MTTA is the average time between when your organisation has detected an incident and the time it takes to formally log the incident. This key metric can help you determine your organisation’s readiness and ability to combat security threats.

How many of your employees have received cybersecurity awareness training?

Do you require your employees to regularly take training modules, spanning from entry-level employees to the C-suite? Maintaining good documentation for your employees to reference can help with audits and post-incident analysis. Additionally, KPIs for cybersecurity training, such as knowledge improvement, employee behaviour change, and employee engagement rates, can provide valuable insights for your organisation and identify any areas that need improvement to succeed.

Do you have a security rating via Cybersecurity Metrics?

Getting an official cybersecurity risk assessment score can help you determine whether or not there are significant gaps in your infrastructure or overall cyber strategy that need to be addressed.

By partnering with 4th Platform, you can ensure these critical cybersecurity metrics are monitored and managed effectively, providing your organisation with the robust protection it needs to thrive in today’s digital landscape.

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