Decrypting Cyber Risk Quantification

Executive teams are faced with a challenging combination of an increasingly complex threat landscape and a rapidly growing attack surface. Together, these two factors are putting the modern enterprise at greater risk of exposure and potential breach.

For security leaders, understanding the unique risk profile of the organization is not only a critical first step, but a required, continuous process to protect the enterprise against malicious adversarial threats — whether it comes in the form of a simple phishing email, or a coordinated multi-step ransomware attack.

To understand this unique risk profile, organizations can leverage continuous or point-in-time risk assessments. Rating and benchmarking cyber risk offer many benefits and actionable insights to the security team by quantifying and weighing the likelihood of a threat actor gaining access to the corporate environment and the potential impact of this event. Cyber risk ratings can be displayed as a numerical or alphabetical integer and provide a mechanism to track and communicate security efficiency and progress over time.

Security leaders can leverage cyber risk quantification to prioritize cyber risks, align cyber risks with other risk practices, and elevate and communicate cybersecurity effectiveness outside of the security organization. According to Gartner, three out of the top 5 cyber risk quantification use cases target communication of risk exposure to different stakeholders including communication to risk owners, C-level executives, and to the board.

The evolution of cyber risk quantification: how we got here

Historically, due to cost, complexity, and limited readily available data,

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