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15 OKR examples for Security Manager

What are Security Manager 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 Manager. 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 Manager OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Security Manager 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 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 enhance security posture and governance as CISO Manager

  • ObjectiveEnhance security posture and governance as CISO Manager
  • Key ResultReduce the number of security incidents by 20%
  • TaskEnhance employee training on cybersecurity practices
  • TaskIncrease monitoring and intrusion detection efforts
  • TaskImplement routine system updates and security patches
  • Key ResultConduct quarterly cybersecurity training for all employees
  • TaskSchedule and announce training sessions to all employees
  • TaskIdentify relevant cybersecurity topics for training modules
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive yet straightforward training materials
  • Key ResultImplement multi-factor authentication for 90% of systems
  • TaskIdentify which systems currently lack multi-factor authentication
  • TaskMonitor and report regularly on progress until 90% completion
  • TaskInstigate the addition of multi-factor authentication to necessary systems

OKRs to enhance overall system access management

  • ObjectiveEnhance overall system access management
  • Key ResultImplement two-factor authentication for 80% of users
  • TaskDetermine necessary resources for two-factor authentication implementation
  • TaskDevelop an implementation strategy focusing on 80% user coverage
  • TaskCommunicate these changes and provide user support for transition
  • Key ResultDecrease unauthorized access attempts by 50%
  • TaskImplement two-factor authentication for all system logins
  • TaskRun frequent security training sessions for employees
  • TaskRegularly update and strengthen password policies
  • Key ResultTrain 90% of staff on new access management procedures
  • TaskIdentify employees needing training in access management procedures
  • TaskImplement and monitor progress of training sessions
  • TaskCoordinate with HR to schedule mandatory procedure training sessions

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Best practices for managing your Security Manager 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 Manager 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 Manager 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 Security Manager OKR templates

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OKRs resources

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