Security benchmark for CENTR members


Together with our German, Dutch, Austrian and Swiss colleagues, DNS Belgium developed the CENTR Member Security Maturity Model (CM-SMM). This is a hybrid model allowing CENTR members to benchmark the maturity level of their information security through self-assessment. By responding to more than 450 carefully selected and worded statements, respondents get a good idea of how their security stands. It also enables them to monitor their security over time.  

CENTR therefore strongly encourages its members to take part in this initiative. The benchmark provides CENTR with greater insight into the global information security level among its members, while the latter get a better picture of the maturity level of their organisation and how it relates to the CENTR community on a number of subareas of data security. 

Such insights in the capacities of their organisation enable CENTR members to tackle information security incidents more efficiently.

“The model is of great value for CENTR members,” underscores Kristof Tuyteleers, who as security officer at DNS Belgium, is the initiator of the project. “Participants get a good idea of their strong and less strong points in information security, and can use this information to optimize their security policy. The aim is to repeat this exercise every other year so as to be able to gauge how the security level of their organisation progresses.”


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