ISO 27001 key performance indicators (KPIs)

ISO 27001 key performance indicators (KPIs) are the measures or metrics organizations implement for their Information Security Management System (ISMS). It allows the organization in question to study the operating effectiveness of the Information security management system and reduce the risk by using the implemented security controls. ISO 27001 standard demands the recording of these KPIs regularly to demonstrate the effectiveness of controls and scope of improvement of the ISMS.

There are certain defined KPIs that can help measure the operating effectiveness and controls of Information security in any organization, and they include: 

  • The number of critical vulnerabilities evaluated and attested within 30 days of identification.
  • The number of users who have successfully taken and passed the awareness training exam
  • The number of potential risks which have been addressed and subsequently reduced while increasing the exposure of the organization

Organizations implement ISO 27001 key performance indicators (KPIs) with an aim to study their ISMS using the metrics and measurements in place and monitor its applied controls. The goal is to ensure that they operate effectively and in line with their intended objectives.

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