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Contextualizing Mean Time Metrics To Improve Evaluation of Cybersecurity Vendors

by ActZero

Oct 25, 2021

This white paper lays out the argument that the MTTX approach to security assessment is no longer a useful differentiator in an era of widespread machine-speed threat detection. Since everyone's speeds are now so fast, detection quality should be the name of the game. False positives and low-value, uncontextualized alerts contribute significantly to the growing problem of staff burnout and alert fatigue. We cut through the noise of traditional metrics and lay out the most important measurables to truly gauge cybersecurity performance.

Download this white paper to learn more about:

  • The issues with MTTX metrics (looking only at averages downplays the risk of rare but damaging outlier attacks that fall outside the mean)
  • Why signal-to-noise ratio is a more relevant approach to measuring security effectiveness in the new paradigm of AI-driven cybersecurity
  • What to consider when looking for a Managed Detection and Response vendor and questions to ask prospective vendors