5 customisable OKR examples for Cybersecurity Manager

What are Cybersecurity Manager OKRs?

The Objective and Key Results (OKR) framework is a simple goal-setting methodology that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s. It became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s, and it's now used by teams of all sizes to set and track ambitious goals at scale.

Creating impactful OKRs can be a daunting task, especially for newcomers. Shifting your focus from projects to outcomes is key to successful planning.

We have curated a selection of OKR examples specifically for Cybersecurity Manager to assist you. Feel free to explore the templates below for inspiration in setting your own goals.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

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Our customisable Cybersecurity Manager OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Cybersecurity Manager Objectives and Key Results, but we did not stop there. Understanding the difference between OKRs and projects is important, so we also added examples of strategic initiatives that relate to the OKRs.

Hope you'll find this helpful!

1. OKR to enhance security posture and governance as CISO Manager

  • ObjectiveEnhance security posture and governance as CISO Manager
  • Key ResultReduce the number of security incidents by 20%
  • TaskEnhance employee training on cybersecurity practices
  • TaskIncrease monitoring and intrusion detection efforts
  • TaskImplement routine system updates and security patches
  • Key ResultConduct quarterly cybersecurity training for all employees
  • TaskSchedule and announce training sessions to all employees
  • TaskIdentify relevant cybersecurity topics for training modules
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive yet straightforward training materials
  • Key ResultImplement multi-factor authentication for 90% of systems
  • TaskIdentify which systems currently lack multi-factor authentication
  • TaskMonitor and report regularly on progress until 90% completion
  • TaskInstigate the addition of multi-factor authentication to necessary systems

2. OKR to implement effective vulnerability management processes

  • ObjectiveStrengthen our vulnerability management procedures
  • Key ResultReduce high-priority vulnerabilities by 30% through consistent scanning and patching
  • Key ResultTrain all employees on vulnerability management best practices and create an awareness program
  • Key ResultImplement a continuous vulnerability scanning process for all systems and applications
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement a comprehensive vulnerability management policy based on industry standards

3. OKR to strengthen cybersecurity to reduce incidents by 50%

  • ObjectiveImprove cybersecurity to minimize incidents
  • Key ResultCreate and test updated incident response and disaster recovery procedures
  • TaskDevelop and document updated incident response and disaster recovery plans
  • TaskIdentify stakeholders and their roles in incident response and disaster recovery
  • TaskTrain employees on updated procedures and conduct mock drills
  • TaskEvaluate effectiveness of updated procedures and make necessary adjustments
  • Key ResultIncrease the number of cybersecurity training sessions attended by employees
  • TaskRegularly communicate the importance of cybersecurity to employees
  • TaskDevelop engaging cybersecurity training content
  • TaskOffer incentives for attending cybersecurity training sessions
  • TaskImplement mandatory cybersecurity training for all employees
  • Key ResultConduct two external security audits to identify vulnerabilities
  • TaskReview and implement audit findings
  • TaskMonitor security vulnerabilities and take appropriate actions
  • TaskShare relevant security information
  • TaskHire third-party audit firms
  • Key ResultImplement two-factor authentication for high-risk data access
  • TaskImplement authentication for high-risk data
  • TaskChoose two-factor authentication method
  • TaskTrain employees on new authentication method
  • TaskTest and monitor authentication effectiveness

4. OKR to enhance security measures to mitigate OTP attacks

  • ObjectiveEnhance security measures to mitigate OTP attacks
  • Key ResultReduce unauthorized access attempts by 50% through enhanced account lockout mechanisms
  • Key ResultIncrease employee awareness and adherence to security protocols through regular training sessions
  • TaskConduct bi-weekly security training sessions for all employees
  • TaskOffer incentives or rewards for employees who consistently demonstrate adherence to security protocols
  • TaskProvide employees with updated written materials outlining security protocols
  • TaskUtilize interactive training methods, such as quizzes or simulations, to engage employees
  • Key ResultImprove OTP delivery and verification mechanisms to ensure prompt and secure delivery
  • Key ResultImplement multi-factor authentication for all critical systems and user accounts
  • TaskSelect and implement a reliable and user-friendly multi-factor authentication solution
  • TaskRegularly monitor and review multi-factor authentication logs and make necessary enhancements
  • TaskNotify all users of the upcoming implementation and provide necessary training and guidelines
  • TaskConduct a thorough inventory of all critical systems and user accounts

5. OKR to enhance cybersecurity maturity in the organization

  • ObjectiveEnhance cybersecurity maturity in the organization
  • Key ResultImplement a cybersecurity awareness training program for 85% of the staff
  • TaskSchedule training sessions with 85% of staff
  • TaskTrack and report staff training completion
  • TaskIdentify suitable cybersecurity training program for staff
  • Key ResultReduce the number of security incidents by 30%
  • TaskImplement regular, mandatory cybersecurity training sessions
  • TaskUpdate all systems and applications routinely
  • TaskEnable stringent password protocols
  • Key ResultAchieve ISO 27001 cybersecurity certification
  • TaskPrepare and pass the ISO 27001 audit
  • TaskImplement necessary controls and security measures
  • TaskConduct a comprehensive risk assessment of your information security system

Best practices for managing your Cybersecurity Manager OKRs

Generally speaking, your objectives should be ambitious yet achievable, and your key results should be measurable and time-bound (using the SMART framework can be helpful). It is also recommended to list strategic initiatives under your key results, as it'll help you avoid the common mistake of listing projects in your KRs.

Here are a couple of best practices extracted from our OKR implementation guide 👇

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

The #1 role of OKRs is to help you and your team focus on what really matters. Business-as-usual activities will still be happening, but you do not need to track your entire roadmap in the OKRs.

We recommend having 3-4 objectives, and 3-4 key results per objective. A platform like Tability can run audits on your data to help you identify the plans that have too many goals.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's audit dashboard will highlight opportunities to improve OKRs

Tip #2: Commit to the weekly check-ins

Don't fall into the set-and-forget trap. It is important to adopt a weekly check-in process to get the full value of your OKRs and make your strategy agile – otherwise this is nothing more than a reporting exercise.

Being able to see trends for your key results will also keep yourself honest.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's check-ins will save you hours and increase transparency

Tip #3: No more than 2 yellow statuses in a row

Yes, this is another tip for goal-tracking instead of goal-setting (but you'll get plenty of OKR examples above). But, once you have your goals defined, it will be your ability to keep the right sense of urgency that will make the difference.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid having more than 2 yellow/at risk statuses in a row.

Make a call on the 3rd update. You should be either back on track, or off track. This sounds harsh but it's the best way to signal risks early enough to fix things.

Best way to track your Cybersecurity Manager OKRs

The rules of OKRs are simple. Quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly, and yearly OKRs should be tracked monthly. Reviewing progress periodically has several advantages:

  • It brings the goals back to the top of the mind
  • It will highlight poorly set OKRs
  • It will surface execution risks
  • It improves transparency and accountability

Spreadsheets are enough to get started. Then, once you need to scale you can use a proper OKR platform to make things easier.

A strategy map in TabilityTability's Strategy Map makes it easy to see all your org's OKRs

If you're not yet set on a tool, you can check out the 5 best OKR tracking templates guide to find the best way to monitor progress during the quarter.

More Cybersecurity Manager OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

Here are a list of resources to help you adopt the Objectives and Key Results framework.

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