Undoubtedly you will find many blog posts and books on the subject of cybersecurity and DevSecOps metrics. While all those metrics are valuable to various stakeholders, when we talk to our executive leadership and board members, they scream for simplicity. Our LS/IQ virtual CISO customers often struggle with effective means to convey DevSecOps metrics to executive stakeholders.

LSIQ Simple DevSecOps Metrics Matter

Unfortunately, all our brilliant minds tend to go overboard with communicating DevSecOps metrics to executive stakeholders.

Simple Metrics Matter

A core theme from Edward Tufte, the guru of graphics, is conveying simplicity with meaning. For example, let’s take one of the most ubiquitous metrics used: uptime. 

Just about every SaaS product has a status page that provides metrics on uptime and current state. That’s 1 number and one status usually shown with 1 of 3 colors: green, yellow, or red. Don’t underestimate the power of simplicity; the basic status page communicates many things very concisely.

Unfortunately, all our brilliant minds tend to go overboard with communicating DevSecOps metrics to executive stakeholders. Your 42 metrics with your 12-page internal whitepaper on what the metrics mean and how they are derived is impressive. However, your brilliant metrics tend to confuse executive stakeholders.

Answer the questions with accuracy and simplicity

Executive leadership wants to know three things.

  • “What is my maturity level today?”
  • “How far along are we in addressing our gaps?”
  • “Is our score moving in the right direction?”
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Everyone falls into the same situation at some point in their career. Small companies should not get bogged down with trying to understand and express complex metrics. The LS/IQ virtual CISO is here to help you guide your business on your DevSecOps journey.

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