How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity

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.

Book contents:

  1. The One Patch Most Needed in Cybersecurity

  2. A Measurement Primer for Cybersecurity

  3. Model Now!: An Introduction to Practical Quantitative Methods for Cybersecurity

  4. The Single Most Important Measurement in Cybersecurity

  5. Risk Matrices, Lie Factors, Misconceptions, and Other Obstacles to Measuring Risk

  6. Decompose It: Unpacking the Details

  7. Calibrated Estimates: How Much Do You Know Now?

  8. Reducing Uncertainty with Bayesian Methods

  9. Some Powerful Methods Based on Bayes

  10. Toward Security Metrics Maturity

  11. How Well Are My Security Investments Working Together?

  12. A Call to Action: How to Roll Out Cybersecurity Risk Management

  13. Select Distributions

  14. Guest Contributors