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How to Communicate the Value of Information Security in Business Terms

Overcome challenges in articulating business value.

Analyst: Tom Scholtz

Organizations find it challenging to articulate the benefits of information security (increased confidentiality, integrity and availability — typically referred to as the CIA triad). Security investments are seldom connected to increased revenue or cost savings.

To help information security teams demonstrate the business contribution of their activities and plan to get funded, this research provides guidance on how they can:

  • Adopt a business value model such as the Gartner 4I Model
  • Ensure that strategy is linked to business objectives
  • Communicate with peers and the board

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