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Using Security Metrics To Measure Human Awareness

The field of security metrics has evolved considerably in recent years, giving security managers more resources to make the case for investing in security programs and technologies. Now the SANS Institute, through their Securing the Human Program, is offering a set of free metric tools designed to give security leaders the ability to track and measure the impact of their own security awareness programs. According to Lance Spitzner, training director for the program, the tools can be used to improve training, demonstrate return on investment, or compare an organizations human risk to other organizations in an industry. All resources are free, developed by the community for the community, said Spitzer.



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You are attempting to measure the human element, specifically peoples' behaviors and awareness. Technology is bits and bytes, which can be easier to measure (number of attacks detected, number of ports scans blocked by the firewall, etc). The other challenge is root cause analysis. Quite often incidents are caused by humans but organizations do not realize it because they never do a root cause analysis.

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Rise In Simple Assaults Drives U.S. Crime Rate Up The nation's estimated rate of both violent and property crime shot up last year after several years of decline, the Justice Department's National Crime Victimization Survey said today. The survey unexpectedly reported a 17 percent increase in the violent crime rate and an 11 percent rise in the property crime rate in 2011 compared with 2010. The rate of violent crime victimization rate had dropped or remained steady since at least 1993.

The survey showed that the surge in violent crime was not across the board and was entirely due to an increase in assaults, particularly simple assaults in which there was no bodily harm or weapon used. The estimated rates of the bellwether crime of robbery and also sexual assault remained the same from one year to the next. Domestic violence victimizations increased slightly last year.

In terms of estimated crime-incident totals rather than rates per 1,000 population, there were about 5.8 million violent victimizations last year around the nation compared with about 4.9 million in 2010, the survey found. This is still far below the 7.4 million reported for 2002. In contrast, the FBI compilation for 2010 showed about 1.25 million violent crimes, far below that registered in the victimization survey because it included only offenses reported to police. The new survey said that only 49 percent of violent crimes and 37 percent of property crimes were reported to law enforce- ment.

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3rd International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector, Vancouver, Canada, 24 – 26 October 2012, Click here for more information

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