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White paper addresses importance of acquiring useful data as part of CRQ analysis: ISACA


A new white paper from ICT professional association ISACA addresses the importance of acquiring useful data and amplifying it as part of a cyber-risk quantification (CRQ) analysis.

Cyber-risk quantification (CRQ) expresses cybersecurity risk in terms of monetary value to the enterprise, translating technology concerns into business concerns.

The whitepaper - Cyberrisk Quantification - outlines considerations related to measurement—exploring verbal, ordinal and ratio scales and the issues involved with each—as well as dives into the methods for gathering data, including external sources, internal data sources, and the opinions of subject matter experts.

ISACA says cybersecurity practitioners can then learn about how Monte Carlo Simulations can be used to transform quantified inputs into CRQ outputs, as well as how to integrate CRQ with other risk assessment methods, including control-based assessments and vulnerability assessments and static/dynamic code analysis.

“CRQ can be a critical enabler of improving organisations’ approach to cyber risk,” says Paul Phillips, CISA, CISM, MBA, ISACA IT risk professional practices lead.

“However, cybersecurity measurement can bring its own set of challenges, including accurately gathering data and addressing issues with verbal and ordinal scales used to measure the risk.

“By understanding the CRQ techniques and additional risk assessment methods that can be implemented, as well as acquiring the right data from both internal and external sources along with SME insights, enterprises can have a clearer picture of the overarching threat landscape.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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