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From Data to Decisions: Meaningful Measurement with Impactful Results


How are you measuring your cybersecurity effectiveness?

Today’s organizations face unique cybersecurity challenges and must adapt to external forces and increasing risks. Malicious actors are continuously collaborating and improving their skills, so it is imperative for organizations to do the same in order to combat cyber-attacks. CyberForce|Q advances cybersecurity by utilizing a tactical, collective defense model with a focus on meaningful measurement with impactful results.

CyberForce|Q strives to provide all our participants with a metric-informed longitudinal cybersecurity record. We do that through developing customizable assessments, which should be both a source of what to audit and validate, along with a repository of the audits results. By using our Q|FRAME™ Assessment application with guidance from our security experts, we document your environment with compliance data that can be used to inform and influence your audit program.

Your audit, compliance, and cybersecurity controls and the resulting data should be entered into Q|FRAME™, our proprietary application, to inform and influence your future work. The image represented here is a high-level representation of this process.

The three main components inform and influence each other to create a cycle that improves cybersecurity over time in a consistent and repeatable way. There are several services offered by CyberForce|Q to help address each part of the cycle.

Define Cybersecurity

During the Define Cybersecurity phase CyberForce|Q can help through our Advisory service offerings. Q|FRAME™ is the primary vehicle used to assess, track, and document your current state of cybersecurity. While performing the Q|FRAME™ assessment CyberForce|Q will define discrete actions to advance your program and monitor what you have in place.

An important aspect to the Define Cybersecurity phase is determining your level of risk acceptance. Your level of risk acceptance will affect what actions in Q|FRAME™ that you accept, transfer, or mitigate. If you want more guidance on the development of your cybersecurity program beyond an assessment CyberForce|Q can provide vCISO services. This capability has also been used for coaching and mentoring staff who are new to the cybersecurity leadership function.

Manage Cybersecurity

As we move into the Manage Cybersecurity phase the actions in Q|FRAME™ or vCISO can be used to drive work. CyberForce|Q can perform direct management of cybersecurity tools, augment your staff, or perform project-based work to help reduce technical debt. When designing and deploying systems and controls it is important to think about how you will monitor the visibility, effectiveness, and efficiency.

While Q|FRAME™ will allow you to record metrics for visibility, effectiveness, and efficiency; it is primarily during the Manage Cybersecurity phase that metrics are finalized.

Monitor Cybersecurity

Once the design and deployment has been completed, we move into the Monitor Cybersecurity phase. During this phase we monitor and manage telemetry information about the cybersecurity tools and controls we put into place. The CyberForce|Q Security Operations Center (SOC) can provide 24x7x365 monitoring, automation, alerting, defending, and incident resolution. Any system that can generate an event is able to be monitored, from traditional IT tools to refrigeration units, building sensors, or critical workflows.

As part of our SOC, you will have access to quarterly tabletop incident response exercises to help test and refine your incident response plan. If you encounter a cybersecurity incident that requires cleanup, CyberForce|Q can provide Incident Response (IR) and forensics services.

Events monitored by the SOC will be used to inform and influence the governance and strategy of your cybersecurity program. What you monitor when your program is new may be different from what you monitor after it has developed. For example, initially you might monitor events looking for a bad event. Over time, as you implement additional cybersecurity controls, you may need to shift to blocking more during the Manage Cybersecurity phase with a zero-trust approach which would affect what is monitored for that risk.

Information from the SOC will also be used to inform and influence the Define Cybersecurity phase. This ensures that you can incorporate information specific to your environment when reviewing the cybersecurity strategy, goals, and assessments without needing to collect it separately.

This approach allows you to validate the effectiveness of your cybersecurity controls, document that you tested them, and use any lessons learned to inform and influence the next cybersecurity work you perform.

We're Here to Assist You

For over 27 years, CyberForce|Q has been a trusted name in advancing cybersecurity programs. Our expertise lies in designing and executing measurable cybersecurity strategies tailored to organizations of all sizes. With a track record of proven results, we can assist you in developing, implementing, monitoring, and measuring your cybersecurity effectiveness. Our participants are innovative leaders who share optimal strategies to implement and advance a proven cybersecurity program. CyberForce|Q together with our participants protecting the cyber realm.

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