Bank of America knows its crown jewels are the financial accounts and personal information of its customers. Today’s columnist, Douglas Ferguson of Pharos Security, writes how unifying SecOps, frameworks and simulations delivers security assurance that helps companies protect their crown jewels. (PranavBhatt/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Most organizations lack sufficient evidence or communication to assure the robustness of their security capabilities in terms that connect with and influence executive leadership. Creating rigorous security assurance requires that companies must follow the principle of cause and effect.

On the causal side we have the organization’s security capabilities. These exist to help mitigate the organization’s impact from security threats. Unfortunately, current approaches of metrics and key performance indicators are too myopic and obscure the big picture, maturity to frameworks fail on business context and weakly calibrated threat methods.

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