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How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk

By : Douglas W. Hubbard, Richard Seiersen
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How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk

By: Douglas W. Hubbard, Richard Seiersen

Overview of this book

How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk exposes the shortcomings of current “risk management” practices, and offers a series of improvement techniques that help you fill the holes and ramp up security. In his bestselling book How to Measure Anything, author Douglas W. Hubbard opened the business world’s eyes to the critical need for better measurement. This book expands upon that premise and draws from The Failure of Risk Management to sound the alarm in the cybersecurity realm. Some of the field’s premier risk management approaches actually create more risk than they mitigate, and questionable methods have been duplicated across industries and embedded in the products accepted as gospel. This book sheds light on these blatant risks and provides alternate techniques that can help improve your current situation. You’ll also learn which approaches are too risky to save and are actually more damaging than a total lack of any security. Dangerous risk management methods abound; there is no industry more critically in need of solutions than cybersecurity. This book provides solutions where they exist and advises when to change tracks entirely.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)
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About the Authors

Chapter 2
A Measurement Primer for Cybersecurity

Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds.

—Malcom Gladwell, Outliers1

Before we can discuss how literally anything can be measured in cybersecurity, we need to discuss measurement itself, and we need to address early the objection that some things in cybersecurity are simply not measurable. The fact is that a series of misunderstandings about the methods of measurement, the thing being measured, or even the definition of measurement itself will hold back many attempts to measure.

This chapter will be mostly redundant for readers of the original How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of “Intangibles” in Business. This chapter has been edited from the original and the examples geared slightly more in the direction of cybersecurity. However, if you have already read...