ISO/IEC 27004:2016 provides guidelines intended to assist organizations in evaluating the information security performance and the effectiveness of an information security management system in order to fulfil the requirements of ISO/IEC 27001:2013, 9.1. It establishes:

a) the monitoring and measurement of information security performance;

b) the monitoring and measurement of the effectiveness of an information security management system (ISMS) including its processes and controls;

c) the analysis and evaluation of the results of monitoring and measurement.

ISO/IEC 27004:2016 is applicable to all types and sizes of organizations.

Advantages of implementing ISO 27004 based measurement

The following list shows some of the advantages of implementing ISO 27004:

  • Provides seamless integration with the ISO 27001 standard based ISMS
  • Provides structured, quantitatively focused, and easy to understand metrics and measurements
  • Provides constant review of trends and better visibility of security risks and weak links in the security posture
  • Provides comparability of the security at different times and between different organizations.
  • Provides increased accountability and improved information security effectiveness
  • Assists in management review and provides decision indicators for continual improvement of ISMS
  • Provides quantifiable inputs for resource allocation decisions
  • Creates comprehensive repository for security metrics data
  • Provides streamlined security reporting process
  • Provides overall data security, cost savings and increased efficiency

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