As the internet continues to advance, new threats will emerge and are likely to expand the security challenge faced by cybersecurity.
According to companies like Fortinet, a growing number of cybersecurity issues have emerged over the past decade. Much attention has been paid to the creation of ever-more complex and sophisticated security systems and protocols that need to be continuously supported by the highest level of end-user application development. To overcome this challenge, industries are increasingly relying on the services of private cyber security contractors. Large enterprises and government agencies employ a variety of cyber security and computer engineering services that help meet the ever-increasing demands of their clients. These companies provide various types of services, including network security services, cyber security specialists, intrusion detection and prevention technology, as well as information security monitoring and mitigation services. These services range from simple cyber security services, such as creating and updating customized software updates, to the use of sophisticated digital security software that serves as the foundation for information security.
The Cybersecurity Effectiveness Index (CEI) has been developed by the International Data Corporation to measure the effectiveness of the various components of U.S. government agencies’ cybersecurity programs. The CEI is an analysis tool that grades all 50 U.S. government departments and agencies on their cybersecurity programs. It has been developed by ACPIA, in partnership with the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) and the Society for Automation-Based Management and Engineering (SABME).
This CEI provides three key metrics for evaluating the U.S. government’s implementation of its cybersecurity programs: (1) performance of cyber security. The CEI uses a five-point performance assessment scale to grade each government program based on the overall effectiveness of its digital information security programs. The score represents the amount of information security effort expended on a given program’s elements; (2) prevention of threats. The CEI uses a seven-point prevention-of-threat scale to grade each department and agency’s cyber security programs. This represents the level of effort the government has taken to deal with specific types of cyber security threats and criminal activity. The CEI also uses a composite indicator that represents the overall effectiveness of each program, which is the sum of the scores for each component.