nCircle Benchmark Community Bellwether Metrics are a group of simple, yet powerful measurements that indicate the overall health of a specific security discipline, and are designed to help security professionals focus their attention where it's needed most. In addition to anti-virus and end point protection metrics, the nCircle Benchmark Community Bellwether metrics program includes key metrics for vulnerability management, patch management, identity and access management, and configuration compliance. To see the metrics and scorecards first hand, visit nCircle Benchmark and try it free.
Failed Login Attempts
Failed login metrics are used as a leading indicator of password management policy effectiveness and to detect brute force attacks on the network perimeter.
Aggregate Average Host Risk Score & Average Vulnerability Scan Frequency
Aggregate average host CVSS score and average vulnerability scan frequency are metrics many organizations use as leading indicators of vulnerability management program effectiveness. These two metrics tend to move in the same direction, indicating that companies that scan more frequently are using the vulnerability information discovered to proactively lower their vulnerability risk posture. Currently, the top 25% of the nCircle Benchmark Community scan their networks on average every 4.62 days and have an aggregate average CVSS host risk score of 6.88.
Average Antivirus Definition Age
Out of date virus definitions do not catch emerging viruses, increasing the potential for information leaks. Viruses are also associated with other IT metrics, including system down time, that translate directly in resource costs. Currently, the top 25% of nCircle Benchmark community participants update their antivirus definitions every 7.7 days.