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Cyber Security Metrics and Measures



Paul E. Black, Karen A. Scarfone, Murugiah P. Souppaya


Metrics are tools to facilitate decision making and improve performance and accountability. Measures are quantifiable, observable, and objective data supporting metrics. Operators can use metrics to apply corrective actions and improve performance. Regulatory, financial, and organizational factors drive the requirement to measure IT security performance. Potential security metrics cover a broad range of measurable features, from security audit logs of individual systems to the number of systems within an organization that were tested over the course of a year. Effective security metrics should be used to identify weaknesses, determine trends to better utilize security resources, and judge the success or failure of implemented security solutions.
Article in Wiley Handbook of Science and Technology for Homeland Security
Publisher Info
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ


computer systems, cyber security, homeland security, IT, measures, metrics, software


Black, P. , Scarfone, K. and Souppaya, M. (2009), Cyber Security Metrics and Measures, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, [online], (Accessed June 20, 2024)


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Created March 2, 2009, Updated January 27, 2020