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Manage the Budget to Optimize Security Spending

Balancing the cost of controls and processes with business critical functions can be a difficult task.


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As security is becoming a growing concern for the business, more IT budget is being allocated to the space. In 2015, about 9.8% of IT budget went towards security. As a security leader, your job requires you to use the resources wisely, taking into account all aspects of costs and resourcing.

Your Challenge

  • Manage the complexity of the budget. Factoring in controls, processes, environments, business criticality, and initial and ongoing costs is essential to getting an accurate picture of costs and resources.
  • Align the budget with business objectives. In 2014, an average of 28% of software was underutilized or not used at all, according to Osterman Research. Understand the importance of the controls/processes before allocating significant resources to it.
  • Maximize the budget’s efficiency. Next step: Tie your budget to the mitigation effectiveness of security controls/processes to understand the overall efficiency of your security program.

Our Solution

  • Our program helps CISOs and security leaders get visibility into their security spending in relation to business criticality.
  • Our approach helps manage the complexity of budget analysis, factoring in all aspects up front to develop an easy-to-adjust budget plan.
  • Our program allows for strategic planning and budget scenario testing in a safe environment. Will you be losing a member of your team? Do you have to cut costs by 5%? Play with different scenarios to figure out where to reallocate costs and resources.
  • Our approach provides a means to optimize costs. See where consolidating solutions or taking controls off-premises may save costs and resources over times.
  • Our program helps you prioritize your security initiatives based on the business criticality and available funding. Use the information to formalize your security roadmap.

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Search Code: 80165
Published: March 21, 2016
Last Revised: March 21, 2016