SMART is a good framework for security policy and audit. It refers to:
A specific goal has a likelihood of being success than a general goal. The questions used to create a specific goal require that you answer the six "W" questions:
- Who Who is involved?
- What What do you want to accomplish?
- Where Identify a location.
- When Establish the time frame.
- Which Identify requirements and constraints.
- Why Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
Establish concrete criteria and metrics to measures progress toward the attainment of the goal. Measuring progress helps ensure that you stay on target, reach your defined dates, and achieve the goal.
To determine if a goal is measurable, ask:
- How much?
- How many?
- How will I know when the goal has been successfully accomplished?
When you recognize the goals that are most important, you begin to make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You start considering previously overlooked opportunities to ensure the achievement of your goals.
It is possible to attain nearly all any goals that are set when you plan each step and establish a time frame that allows the completion of those steps. Goals that seem far away and out of reach eventually end up closer and turn out to be attainable. This is not because the goal has shrunk, but due to growth.
To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are capable of achieving. A goal may be both lofty and realistic. Every goal must represent progress. A lofty goal is frequently easier to achieve than a low one as a low goals apply low motivational force. Some of the most difficult tasks to accomplish seem easy due to passion - they become a labor of love.
A goal is almost certainly realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Further means to knowing if a goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished a similar task previously. Alternately, ask what conditions would have to exist to achieve this goal.
A goal needs to be able to be completed in a set time frame. Without a time frame, no sense of urgency can be created.
T can also mean Tangible. A goal is tangible when it can be experienced with at least one of the senses. These can be, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. A tangible goal results in a greater prospect of making it specific and measurable and thus achievable.