Metrics can ensure visibility, accountability, and management of your Software Security Initiative (SSI). Without metrics, you can’t communicate the value of your SSI to your company’s leadership team. That can compromise your ability to get funding for the program, leading to greater vulnerabilities in your software and a lower-quality product. Stakeholders who understand the context of raw numbers are more likely to accurately interpret them and make smart, strategic decisions to improve their security posture.
There are four key areas metrics can help you track:
- Defect discovery: How effectively are you finding defects and risks?
- Policy compliance: How effectively are you complying with industry standards and requirements?
- Risk reduction: How effectively are you fixing vulnerabilities?
- Risk prevention: How effectively are you preventing future risk and building security in?