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15 OKR examples for Security

What are 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.

Writing good OKRs can be hard, especially if it's your first time doing it. You'll need to center the focus of your plans around outcomes instead of projects.

We understand that setting OKRs can be challenging, so we have prepared a set of examples tailored for Security. Take a peek at the templates below to find inspiration and kickstart your goal-setting process.

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

Our Security OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Security 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!

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 embed security consciousness in business operations

  • ObjectiveEmbed security consciousness in business operations
  • Key ResultReduce security breaches by 25% through rigorous employee training
  • TaskImplement mandatory cybersecurity training for all employees
  • TaskSchedule regular refresher courses on data protection
  • TaskUpdate security policies and disseminate to staff
  • Key ResultEstablish a quarterly security audit to identify potential vulnerabilities
  • TaskSchedule regular audits with a professional auditor
  • TaskDefine the scope of each quarterly security audit
  • TaskCreate a process to address identified vulnerabilities
  • Key ResultAchieve 100% compliance on mandatory security awareness training by all employees
  • TaskOrganize regular training sessions for all personnel
  • TaskMonitor and document each employee's training progress
  • TaskDistribute security awareness training materials to all employees

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 enhance product and component Quality, Security, & Performance

  • ObjectiveEnhance product and component Quality, Security, & Performance
  • Key ResultImprove product performance by reducing load time by 15%
  • TaskOptimize graphics and frontend components to speed up rendering
  • TaskImplement efficient algorithms to make the software more effective
  • TaskUpgrade server resources to enhance load capacity and speed
  • Key ResultIncrease test coverage of products by 20% to retain quality
  • TaskDevelop robust test cases for these identified areas
  • TaskIdentify areas of product with low or no test coverage
  • TaskImplement these tests and analyze test coverage results
  • Key ResultImplement a two-step verification process to enhance security by 30%
  • TaskSelect and purchase a suitable verification system
  • TaskResearch secure two-step verification options
  • TaskTrain staff on new verification processes

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 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 secure local channels and gain market insights

  • ObjectiveSecure local channels and gain market insights
  • Key ResultConduct regular market research to gather local market data and information
  • TaskConduct surveys or interviews to gather insights and preferences of local customers
  • TaskIdentify key competitors and their market share in the local market
  • TaskMonitor industry trends and analyze data to identify emerging opportunities in the local market
  • Key ResultEstablish partnerships with local stakeholders to enhance channel security
  • TaskCollaborate with stakeholders to develop and implement strategies for enhancing channel security
  • TaskIdentify key local stakeholders with expertise in channel security
  • TaskInitiate meetings with stakeholders to discuss potential partnership opportunities
  • Key ResultIncrease security measures on local channels to reduce unauthorized access
  • TaskImplement two-factor authentication for all user accounts on local channels
  • TaskConduct regular security audits and penetration testing on local channels to identify and resolve vulnerabilities
  • TaskRegularly update and patch software on local channels to address security vulnerabilities
  • Key ResultImplement data analytics tools to analyze market trends and consumer behavior
  • TaskTrain and educate the team on how to effectively use the selected data analytics tools
  • TaskResearch and compare various data analytics tools available in the market
  • TaskDetermine key metrics and indicators to track market trends and consumer behavior

Best practices for managing your 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

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 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 Security 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

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 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.