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3 OKR examples for Security Auditor

What are Security Auditor 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 Auditor. 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 Auditor OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Security Auditor Objectives and Key Results. We've included strategic initiatives in our templates to give you a better idea of the different between the key results (how we measure progress), and the initiatives (what we do to achieve the results).

Hope you'll find this helpful!

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 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 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

Best practices for managing your Security Auditor 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 Auditor 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 Auditor 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 Auditor 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.