11 OKR examples for Information Security

What are Information Security 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.

Formulating strong OKRs can be a complex endeavor, particularly for first-timers. Prioritizing outcomes over projects is crucial when developing your plans.

We've tailored a list of OKRs examples for Information Security to help you. You can look at any of the templates below to get some inspiration for your own goals.

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

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Our Information Security OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for Information Security. We also included strategic projects for each template to make it easier to understand the difference between key results and projects.

Hope you'll find this helpful!

OKRs to ensure information security solution meets large customer requirements

  • ObjectiveEnsure information security solution meets large customer requirements
  • Key ResultAdjust our existing information security solution to match found requirements 100%
  • TaskDevelop and implement changes to fill identified gaps
  • TaskIdentify gaps in the current information security solution
  • TaskTest and fine-tune the updated security solution
  • Key ResultIdentify and understand the requirements of 10 major customers by consulting directly
  • TaskSchedule one-on-one meetings with each of the 10 major customers
  • TaskReview and analyze all customer feedback to understand requirements
  • TaskPrepare specific, clear questions for customer consultation
  • Key ResultSuccessfully pass 10 customer audits confirming solution's compliance with their requirements
  • TaskReview and understand all customer's requirements for each solution
  • TaskConduct internal audits to ensure compliance with requirements
  • TaskCollect and organize evidence of compliance for audits

OKRs to achieve ISO 27001 certification with an action plan

  • ObjectiveAchieve ISO 27001 certification with an action plan
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement necessary policies and procedures to align with ISO 27001 standards
  • TaskDevelop new policies and procedures to meet ISO 27001 standards
  • TaskCommunicate and train employees on the new policies and procedures
  • TaskConduct a gap analysis to identify policy and procedure gaps
  • TaskRegularly review and update policies and procedures to ensure compliance with ISO 27001
  • Key ResultConduct a comprehensive gap analysis to identify all compliance requirements
  • Key ResultSuccessfully pass the external ISO 27001 certification audit conducted by a certified auditor
  • TaskUpdate and document all necessary processes and procedures in accordance with ISO 27001
  • TaskConduct a comprehensive review of the ISO 27001 standard requirements and guidelines
  • TaskImplement a risk management framework aligned with the ISO 27001 requirements
  • TaskTrain employees on ISO 27001 procedures and their roles in maintaining compliance
  • Key ResultTrain all employees on information security awareness and best practices

OKRs to attain ISO 27001 certification

  • ObjectiveAchieve ISO 27001 certification
  • Key ResultImplement necessary controls and measures to address identified risks and improve information security
  • TaskRegularly monitor and test the effectiveness of implemented controls and measures
  • TaskEstablish strong access controls and authentication mechanisms to protect sensitive information
  • TaskConduct a comprehensive risk assessment to identify vulnerabilities and potential threats
  • TaskDevelop and implement security policies and procedures based on the identified risks
  • Key ResultTrain all employees on information security policies and procedures to ensure compliance
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive training program on information security policies and procedures
  • TaskConduct mandatory training sessions for all employees on information security policies and procedures
  • TaskProvide all employees with updated written materials outlining information security policies and procedures
  • TaskRegularly assess and evaluate employees' understanding of information security policies and procedures
  • Key ResultConduct a comprehensive risk assessment to identify gaps in information security practices
  • TaskDevelop action plans to address and close the identified gaps in information security practices
  • TaskIdentify potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the existing information security infrastructure
  • TaskReview current information security practices and policies
  • TaskAssess the potential impact of identified risks on the organization's information and data
  • Key ResultSuccessfully pass the ISO 27001 certification audit conducted by an accredited external body
  • TaskAddress any identified gaps or weaknesses in the information security controls
  • TaskPrepare and organize all required documentation and evidence for the audit process
  • TaskImplement necessary improvements to align with ISO 27001 requirements and best practices
  • TaskConduct a thorough internal review of all information security controls and processes

OKRs to obtain ISO 27001 certification

  • ObjectiveAchieve ISO 27001 certification
  • Key ResultAddress all identified non-conformities and implement corrective actions promptly
  • TaskMonitor the progress of implemented corrective actions and report any deviations promptly
  • TaskDevelop a corrective action plan outlining steps to resolve each non-conformity
  • TaskReview and document all identified non-conformities from the assessment
  • TaskAssign responsible individuals to execute the corrective actions within specified timelines
  • Key ResultPass the external audit with no major findings and obtain ISO 27001 certification
  • TaskConduct regular internal audits to ensure ongoing compliance with ISO 27001 requirements
  • TaskWork closely with external auditors to address any findings and promptly resolve them
  • TaskImplement necessary security controls and procedures to address identified gaps
  • TaskReview existing security controls and identify gaps or areas for improvement
  • Key ResultConduct a successful internal audit to ensure compliance with ISO 27001 requirements
  • TaskDevelop and implement corrective actions for identified non-compliance issues
  • TaskConduct interviews and surveys to gather feedback from employees on compliance practices
  • TaskAssess and document the effectiveness of existing security controls
  • TaskReview and update company policies to align with ISO 27001 requirements
  • Key ResultImplement necessary security controls to comply with ISO 27001 standards

OKRs to implement and maintain SOCII compliance measures

  • ObjectiveEnsure ongoing SOCII compliance
  • Key ResultConduct regular testing and auditing to assess SOCII compliance status
  • Key ResultTrain and educate all relevant teams on SOCII compliance regulations and best practices
  • Key ResultMonitor and promptly address any SOCII compliance gaps or violations identified
  • TaskEstablish a dedicated team to promptly address and resolve any identified SOCII compliance issues
  • TaskImplement corrective measures to address identified SOCII compliance gaps promptly
  • TaskConduct regular audits to identify any SOCII compliance gaps or violations
  • TaskMaintain a vigilant monitoring system to detect any new SOCII compliance violations
  • Key ResultImplement and maintain necessary controls and processes to meet SOCII requirements
  • TaskConduct initial assessment of current controls and processes to identify gaps
  • TaskDevelop and document new controls and processes to fulfill SOCII requirements
  • TaskRegularly monitor and evaluate controls and processes to ensure ongoing compliance
  • TaskTrain and educate employees on the importance and execution of SOCII controls

OKRs to improve the effectiveness and security of Identity Access Management (IAM) initiatives

  • ObjectiveImprove the effectiveness and security of Identity Access Management (IAM) initiatives
  • Key ResultReduce IAM-related security incidents by 20%
  • TaskImplement multi-factor authentication for IAM systems
  • TaskUpdate and enforce strict password policies
  • TaskConduct regular IAM security training sessions
  • Key ResultImplement two-factor authentication for all employee IAM accounts
  • TaskPurchase and install selected two-factor authentication software
  • TaskTrain employees on how to use the new authentication process
  • TaskResearch suitable two-factor authentication software for IAM accounts
  • Key ResultIncrease IAM user compliance rate by 30%
  • TaskImplement stricter IAM user permission policies
  • TaskProvide regular IAM user compliance training
  • TaskRegularly audit and correct non-compliant IAM users

OKRs to enhance MFA capabilities and user access review process

  • ObjectiveEnhance MFA capabilities and user access review process
  • Key ResultConduct user access reviews for 100% of active accounts
  • TaskResolve any inappropriate access findings
  • TaskIdentify all active accounts in the system
  • TaskReview access privileges for each account
  • Key ResultImplement an advanced MFA system with at least 95% successful user authentication rate
  • TaskMonitor and improve authentication success rate post-implementation
  • TaskIdentify a reliable advanced MFA system to install
  • TaskPlan and execute staff training on the MFA system
  • Key ResultTrain all employees on new MFA capabilities and access review processes to boost compliance by 90%
  • TaskPlan a comprehensive training on new MFA capabilities for all employees
  • TaskMonitor and track compliance rates, aiming to achieve a 90% increase
  • TaskConduct the training, focusing on access review processes

OKRs 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

OKRs 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

OKRs to ensure shadow IT alignment with corporate policy

  • ObjectiveEnsure shadow IT alignment with corporate policy
  • Key ResultAnalyze and document compliance gaps in 70% of identified shadow IT initiatives
  • TaskIdentify 70% of existing shadow IT initiatives
  • TaskEvaluate these initiatives for compliance gaps
  • TaskDocument all identified compliance gaps
  • Key ResultImplement policy-compliant changes in 50% of non-compliant shadow IT projects
  • TaskImplement changes in identified projects
  • TaskDraft policy-compliant changes for identified projects
  • TaskIdentify 50% of non-compliant shadow IT projects
  • Key ResultIdentify all shadow IT initiatives by end of week 2
  • TaskCompile a report of all discoveries
  • TaskAnalyze network traffic for unknown applications
  • TaskSurvey employees about unapproved software or systems they're using

OKRs to enhance data privacy and cybersecurity measures to safeguard sensitive information

  • ObjectiveEnhance data privacy and cybersecurity measures to safeguard sensitive information
  • Key ResultImplement a comprehensive data encryption system across all relevant platforms
  • TaskAssess current data encryption measures and identify gaps for improvement
  • TaskDevelop and implement a standardized data encryption protocol for all platforms
  • TaskConduct regular audits to ensure consistent adherence to the data encryption system
  • TaskTrain employees on proper data encryption practices and its importance in data security
  • Key ResultConduct regular vulnerability assessments and address identified risks within set timeframes
  • TaskQuickly prioritize and address identified risks based on severity levels
  • TaskSchedule regular vulnerability assessments according to established timelines
  • TaskEstablish set timeframes for risk mitigation and ensure timely execution
  • TaskDevelop a clear process for tracking and documenting vulnerability assessment findings
  • Key ResultIncrease employee awareness and participation in cybersecurity training programs by 25%
  • TaskRecognize and reward employees who actively participate in cybersecurity training
  • TaskCreate engaging and interactive modules for cybersecurity training programs
  • TaskOrganize lunch and learn sessions to promote employee awareness about cybersecurity threats
  • TaskSend regular email reminders about upcoming cybersecurity training sessions
  • Key ResultAchieve a 10% improvement in overall incident response time, ensuring timely mitigation of potential breaches
  • TaskStreamline incident response processes and eliminate any unnecessary steps for faster response times
  • TaskRegularly evaluate and improve incident response plans to enhance efficiency and effectiveness
  • TaskProvide comprehensive training to all personnel involved in incident response procedures
  • TaskImplement automation tools to expedite the identification and containment of potential breaches

Best practices for managing your Information Security 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

Having too many OKRs is the #1 mistake that teams make when adopting the framework. The problem with tracking too many competing goals is that it will be hard for your team to know what really matters.

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

Setting good goals can be challenging, but without regular check-ins, your team will struggle to make progress. We recommend that you track your OKRs weekly to get the full benefits from the framework.

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 Information Security OKRs

Your quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly in order to get all the benefits of the OKRs framework. 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

Most teams should start with a spreadsheet if they're using OKRs for the first time. Then, once you get comfortable you can graduate to a proper OKRs-tracking tool.

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 Information Security 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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