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3 OKR examples for Network Security Team

What are Network Security Team 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.

OKRs are quickly gaining popularity as a goal-setting framework. But, it's not always easy to know how to write your goals, especially if it's your first time using OKRs.

To aid you in setting your goals, we have compiled a collection of OKR examples customized for Network Security Team. Take a look at the templates below for inspiration and guidance.

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

Our Network Security Team OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for Network Security Team. 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 strengthen network security through enhanced logging capabilities

  • ObjectiveStrengthen network security through enhanced logging capabilities
  • Key ResultImplement centralized logging infrastructure to capture and store network activity data
  • TaskRegularly monitor and maintain the centralized logging infrastructure to ensure uninterrupted data capture
  • TaskAssess existing network infrastructure to identify suitable centralized logging solutions
  • TaskConfigure the centralized logging infrastructure to collect and store the network activity data
  • TaskDetermine the appropriate tools and technologies required for capturing network activity data
  • Key ResultIncrease network security by configuring an intrusion detection system (IDS) with real-time monitoring capabilities
  • Key ResultImprove incident response effectiveness by integrating logging data with a security information and event management (SIEM) system
  • TaskRegularly review and fine-tune the integration and alerting processes to optimize incident response
  • TaskAnalyze current logging data sources and identify gaps for integration with the SIEM system
  • TaskDevelop standardized alerting rules within the SIEM system based on integrated logging data
  • TaskConfigure the SIEM system to ingest and aggregate logging data from all relevant sources
  • Key ResultIdentify and resolve security vulnerabilities by regularly reviewing and analyzing network log data
  • TaskSet up a regular schedule for reviewing and analyzing network log data
  • TaskGenerate reports based on network log data analysis to prioritize and address vulnerabilities
  • TaskImplement necessary measures to resolve identified security vulnerabilities promptly and effectively
  • TaskUse security software to identify and monitor potential security vulnerabilities

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 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

Best practices for managing your Network Security Team 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 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 Network Security Team 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 Network Security Team OKRs

OKRs without regular progress updates are just KPIs. You'll need to update progress on your OKRs every week to get the full benefits from the 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

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 Network Security Team OKR templates

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OKRs resources

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