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Gartner® Peer Connect Perspectives: Application Security and Vulnerability Management Metrics for Board-Level Executives

Application security and vulnerability management metrics are critical for evaluating the risk profile of an organization. Peer Connect members discuss different metrics that can be implemented and share insights on how to tackle the challenges faced around creating those metrics.*

Implement vulnerability metrics relevant to your organization:
  • Convey the security posture of an organization to your leadership.
  • Deliver outcome-based metrics such as time for detection, time of exposure, time of remediation.
  • Focus on known and exploited vulnerabilities.

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Key take-aways per Gartner

  • “Divide assets based on operational groups to count vulnerabilities. This makes it easier to analyze which asset class represents the biggest population of risk elements.
  • Find and implement leading metrics relevant to your organization. Both raw count and percentage of vulnerabilities matter. While the former provides absolute data, the latter allows the data to be normalized and compared overtime.
  • Prioritize remediation efforts on the vulnerabilities that are real threats to your organization. Leverage the CISA-managed catalog to identify the known exploited vulnerabilities.
  • Adopt best coding practices to ensure release of secure applications in production instead of focusing on measuring and fixing the vulnerabilities.
  • Formulate a process for reviewing and documenting risk exceptions. Develop monthly and quarterly reports for known vulnerabilities.”*

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About Peer Connect Content

Peer Connect is a private community in which Gartner clients can exchange insight and advice on their mission-critical priorities. Peer Connect Perspectives are summaries of opinions and points of views expressed by Peer Connect community members. See the full Peer Connect discussion from which this document was summarized.

*Gartner Peer Connect Perspectives: Application Security and Vulnerability Management Metrics for Board-Level Executives, April 13, 2022, Peer Contributors. This content, which provides opinions and points of view expressed by community members, does not represent the views of Gartner; Gartner neither endorses it nor makes any warranties about its accuracy or completeness.

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