By Scott Schmidt
One of the key drivers for any organization is their ability to focus on what adds value and why. Value is an elusive term, but experts agree that it starts with the mission of the organization, how that mission is articulated within their annual strategic plan, the core processes by which that plan is deployed, and the discipline of managing and reporting the metrics over time.
My name is Scott Schmidt, Vice President of Engineering and Professional Services, and a veteran of business process innovation and optimization for the last 15 years. I will be facilitating a conversation with key executives and change agents inside and outside the security industry through our new conversation platform, The Great Conversation.
My goal is to bring clarity to how security's people, processes, and tools are functioning. I would like to discuss with you various assessment approaches, benchmarks, executive dashboards, and case studies that can increase the productivity and value of security in your organization. But most importantly, I'd like to discuss your experiences as well as mine.
For now, let me define a key term in this discussion: Security Process Optimization.
Security Process Optimization™ is a methodology developed by ASG that recognizes that the structure of technology, roles, relationships, and processes are critical to directing and controlling outcomes within the organization in order to achieve the organization's goals.
Specifically, we have identified a number of assessment approaches that can quickly identify costly productivity gaps and value opportunities that security executives must know to adequately plan for the future.
We also are focused on leveraging enterprise software you might already have, but are not utilizing, to streamline your processes and communications.
Finally, we identify key benchmarking approaches that you can use to identify the true performance capabilities of technology before it is purchased or deployed. As well, we ensure these technology benchmarks are done through the filter of your strategic plan and the security architecture you have designed. If you are looking to fill gaps in the plan or the architecture, we can provide you with approaches for both.
In this blog, I will be going into detail on how to define an assessment and use it to create compelling value with your organization.
But let me end this post with a question: Are you using a performance dashboard to measure key performance indicators that are aligned with your organization's goals and performance? If so, can you share your experience, if not, can you share with us the obstacles that prevent you from doing so? Leave your answer in the comments below.