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15 OKR examples for It Security

What are It Security OKRs?

The OKR acronym stands for Objectives and Key Results. It's a goal-setting framework that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s, and it became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s. OKRs helps teams has a shared language to set ambitious goals and track progress towards them.

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 It 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.

Our It Security OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for It 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 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 strengthen the company's network security defenses

  • ObjectiveStrengthen the company's network security defenses
  • Key ResultTrain 90% of employees on new network security protocols within the next quarter
  • TaskAssess current understanding of network security protocols among employees
  • TaskImplement training, ensuring participation of at least 90% of employees
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive training program on new security protocols
  • Key ResultImplement two-factor authentication for all user accounts by the end of next quarter
  • TaskPurchase and set up chosen authentication system
  • TaskTrain users on new authentication system
  • TaskResearch best two-factor authentication systems for our needs
  • Key ResultReduce the number of detected security breaches by 80% compared to last quarter
  • TaskImplement an updated, top-quality cybersecurity system
  • TaskProvide comprehensive cybersecurity training for all staff
  • TaskConduct regular, intensive IT security audits

OKRs to improve Identity Access Management for large scale clients

  • ObjectiveImprove Identity Access Management for large scale clients
  • Key ResultReduce access credential errors by 20%
  • TaskIntroduce regular password update reminders for employees
  • TaskImplement a comprehensive access credential training program
  • TaskUpgrade access security software to reduce login errors
  • Key ResultImplement two-factor authentication for 90% of big customers
  • TaskDeploy system to selected clients
  • TaskDevelop and test two-factor authentication system
  • TaskIdentify 90% of biggest clients requiring two-factor authentication
  • Key ResultIncrease security incident response speed by 30%
  • TaskTrain staff in faster threat identification procedures
  • TaskImplement automated threat detection and response tools
  • TaskStreamline incident reporting and escalation processes

OKRs 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

OKRs to implement network DLP to limit disruption and data loss

  • ObjectiveImplement network DLP to limit disruption and data loss
  • Key ResultIncrease DLP coverage across all critical systems by 60%
  • TaskRegularly review and update DLP protection strategy
  • TaskImplement DLP solutions on identified systems
  • TaskIdentify all critical systems lacking DLP protection
  • Key ResultEnsure 80% of employees are trained in DLP policy compliance by end of quarter
  • TaskIdentify employees needing DLP policy training
  • TaskMonitor and record employees' training progress
  • TaskSchedule mandatory DLP compliance training sessions
  • Key ResultReduce data security incidents by 40% with DLP integration
  • TaskImplement DLP software across all company systems
  • TaskTrain employees on data loss prevention practices
  • TaskContinually monitor and update DLP systems as needed

OKRs to improve website security through effective deployment of content security policy

  • ObjectiveImprove website security through effective deployment of content security policy
  • Key ResultReduce the number of security breaches and incidents related to content vulnerabilities
  • TaskDevelop and implement comprehensive content security policies and guidelines
  • TaskRegularly update and patch content management systems and software to mitigate security risks
  • TaskProvide ongoing training and awareness programs to educate employees about content vulnerabilities
  • TaskConduct regular security audits to identify and address content vulnerabilities
  • Key ResultIncrease overall security rating of the website as measured by independent security auditing tools
  • TaskImplement SSL/TLS certificates to enable secure HTTPS communication for the website
  • TaskConduct penetration tests to identify and fix potential weak points in the website's security
  • TaskImplement strong and unique passwords, two-factor authentication, and regular user access reviews
  • TaskRegularly update and patch all software and plugins to address known vulnerabilities
  • Key ResultImplement and activate content security policy across all website pages
  • TaskDefine and document the content security policy guidelines and restrictions
  • TaskConduct a thorough website audit to identify potential security vulnerabilities
  • TaskTest and validate the implemented content security policy for effectiveness and accuracy
  • TaskModify website code to include the content security policy header on all pages
  • Key ResultEnhance user experience by minimizing false positive alerts from the content security policy
  • TaskImplement machine learning algorithms to optimize content security policy detection
  • TaskAnalyze log data to identify patterns and fine-tune alert triggers
  • TaskReview and update content security policy rules for better accuracy
  • TaskCollaborate with developers to eliminate false positives through code improvements

OKRs to implement and maintain a comprehensive data protection program

  • ObjectiveStrengthen data protection program
  • Key ResultEnsure compliance with relevant data protection laws and regulations
  • TaskRegularly review and update data protection practices
  • TaskDevelop and implement policies and procedures for compliance
  • TaskIdentify all applicable data protection regulations
  • TaskTrain employees on data protection laws and regulations
  • Key ResultConduct a thorough risk assessment and mitigation plan
  • Taskcreate contingency plan
  • Taskdevelop mitigation strategies
  • Taskassess likelihood and impact
  • Taskidentify potential risks
  • Key ResultImplement regular employee training and awareness programs
  • TaskSchedule regular training sessions
  • TaskIdentify training needs and design a program
  • TaskEvaluate program effectiveness and make necessary improvements
  • TaskEncourage employee participation and reward progress
  • Key ResultRegularly review and update data protection policies and procedures
  • TaskTrain employees on updated policies and procedures
  • TaskDocument all data protection policies and procedures
  • TaskRegularly audit adherence to policies and procedures
  • TaskAssign responsibility for policy and procedure review and updates

OKRs to enhance IT infrastructure and optimize helpdesk processes for improved efficiency

  • ObjectiveEnhance IT infrastructure and optimize helpdesk processes for improved efficiency
  • Key ResultIncrease customer satisfaction rating by 15% by implementing enhanced self-service options
  • TaskMonitor customer satisfaction rating to measure the impact of enhanced self-service options
  • TaskConduct customer research to gather feedback and identify desired self-service features
  • TaskImplement new self-service features based on customer feedback and identified areas of improvement
  • TaskEvaluate current self-service options and identify potential areas of improvement
  • Key ResultAchieve at least 90% compliance with IT security protocols through regular audits and training
  • TaskConduct quarterly audits to assess compliance with IT security protocols
  • TaskAddress any identified non-compliance issues promptly and provide appropriate corrective actions
  • TaskProvide continuous monitoring and feedback to ensure adherence to IT security protocols
  • TaskDevelop and implement regular training programs to educate employees on IT security protocols
  • Key ResultReduce average resolution time by 20% through streamlined helpdesk workflows
  • TaskAnalyze helpdesk data and identify bottlenecks to optimize and streamline workflows for faster resolution
  • TaskConduct regular training sessions for helpdesk staff to improve technical skills and efficiency
  • TaskImplement automated ticket routing system to assign tickets to appropriate support agents
  • TaskDevelop standardized troubleshooting guides and knowledge base articles for common issues
  • Key ResultImprove system availability by 10% through infrastructure upgrades and proactive maintenance
  • TaskDevelop and implement a proactive maintenance plan to prevent potential system failures
  • TaskImplement necessary infrastructure upgrades based on the assessment findings
  • TaskMonitor and analyze system performance regularly to identify any potential issues in advance
  • TaskConduct a thorough infrastructure assessment to identify potential areas for upgrade

OKRs to enhance system security for robust protection

  • ObjectiveEnhance system security for robust protection
  • Key ResultAchieve a 95% score in independent security audits validating system security protocols
  • TaskImplement necessary updates and enhancements to address identified security gaps
  • TaskCollaborate with external security experts to perform comprehensive security audits
  • TaskConduct thorough review of current security protocols and identify areas for improvement
  • TaskContinuously monitor and evaluate system security measures to maintain a 95% audit score
  • Key ResultReduce number of security breaches by 20% through enhanced authentication measures
  • TaskTrain employees on best practices for recognizing and avoiding phishing attacks
  • TaskImplement two-factor authentication system for all users
  • TaskEnhance password requirements and enforce regular password updates
  • TaskConduct regular security audits to identify vulnerabilities and address them promptly
  • Key ResultImprove application vulnerability by reducing critical security issues by 15%
  • TaskTrain developers and staff on secure coding practices and security best practices
  • TaskImplement regular security audits and vulnerability assessments on the application
  • TaskUpdate and patch software and libraries regularly to address security vulnerabilities
  • TaskImplement stricter access controls and enforce strong password policies for application access
  • Key ResultIncrease employee awareness through mandatory security training with 100% completion rate
  • TaskEnforce strict deadlines and reminders to ensure all employees complete the security training
  • TaskCreate an engaging and interactive security training program for all employees
  • TaskEvaluate the effectiveness of the security training program by conducting regular assessments
  • TaskImplement a digital platform for employees to easily access and complete security training

OKRs to become a computer security expert

  • ObjectiveBecome a computer security expert
  • Key ResultSuccessfully pass the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) exam with a score of 80% or higher
  • Key ResultDevelop and execute a comprehensive security project, receiving positive feedback from industry experts
  • TaskCollaborate with industry experts to gather insights and recommendations for improving security measures
  • TaskRegularly monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of implemented security measures to ensure ongoing protection
  • TaskDevelop and implement robust security protocols and controls across all systems and processes
  • TaskConduct a thorough assessment of current security vulnerabilities and risks
  • Key ResultComplete at least two online courses on computer security, scoring above 90% in each
  • TaskEnsure mastery of course materials and aim to score above 90% in assessments
  • TaskDevote dedicated hours per week to studying and completing the online courses
  • TaskResearch and identify two reputable online courses for computer security
  • TaskEnroll in the selected online courses on computer security
  • Key ResultImplement and manage effective security measures on personal computer resulting in zero malware incidents
  • TaskInstall a reliable antivirus software program on the personal computer
  • TaskEnable automatic software updates for the operating system and all installed applications
  • TaskAvoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading files from untrustworthy sources
  • TaskRegularly update the antivirus software to ensure the latest protection against malware

OKRs to enhance network security measures

  • ObjectiveStrengthen network security
  • Key ResultConduct regular vulnerability assessments and remediation
  • Key ResultImplement two-factor authentication on all devices
  • Key ResultDecrease number of successful network breaches by 50%
  • Key ResultTrain 100% of employees on cybersecurity best practices

OKRs to enhance company security standards to safeguard against potential threats

  • ObjectiveEnhance company security standards to safeguard against potential threats
  • Key ResultAchieve a 100% completion rate of all recommended security updates and patches
  • TaskConduct routine audits to ensure all devices and systems have the latest security patches
  • TaskProvide ongoing training and awareness programs to educate employees on the importance of installing security updates
  • TaskImplement an automated system to regularly scan and identify available security updates
  • TaskEstablish a policy for prompt installation and deployment of all identified security updates
  • Key ResultImplement a comprehensive training program on cybersecurity for all employees
  • TaskCreate an online platform to provide ongoing access to cybersecurity resources and learning materials
  • TaskSchedule regular training sessions to ensure all employees receive cybersecurity education
  • TaskAssign qualified trainers to deliver interactive and engaging cybersecurity training sessions
  • TaskDevelop a customized cybersecurity training curriculum tailored to different employee roles
  • Key ResultReduce the average response time to security incidents by 20%
  • TaskStreamline incident response workflows to remove unnecessary steps and improve efficiency
  • TaskDevelop a clear escalation process and ensure all stakeholders are aware and trained
  • TaskConduct regular simulations and exercises to enhance incident response readiness and identify areas for improvement
  • TaskImplement automated monitoring systems to identify and alert on security incidents promptly
  • Key ResultIncrease the frequency of security audits to at least once every quarter
  • TaskAssign specific personnel responsible for conducting security audits
  • TaskDevelop a standardized reporting format for security audit findings and recommendations
  • TaskImplement regular communication channels to track and monitor security audit progress
  • TaskReview and update security audit checklist to ensure comprehensive coverage

OKRs to enhance application security knowledge and awareness among teams

  • ObjectiveImprove application security knowledge and awareness
  • Key ResultIncrease the frequency of security checklist reviews by 50%
  • Key ResultConduct at least one security training session per team
  • Key ResultProvide secure coding guidelines and best practices to each team
  • Key ResultImplement a mandatory security certification program for all teams

OKRs 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

OKRs to increase security awareness

  • ObjectiveMake security part of our culture
  • Key ResultRoll out fleet management pilot to 30% of the company
  • Key Result2FA is used on all 3rd party services used by employees
  • Key Result100% of our employees have gone through security training

Best practices for managing your It 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 below). 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.

Building your own It Security OKRs with AI

While we have some examples below, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. There are 2 options available to you.

Best way to track your It 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 It 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.