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Tips and Guidelines for Sizing Your Information Security Organization

Published: 24 April 2014

ID: G00239715

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan, Tom Scholtz


There is no magic formula for CIOs and security leaders when assessing the right size of a security team. Factors that influence the team size team include the work it must do, the distribution of responsibility, the extent of the risks the team manages and available resources.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Understand the Challenges Inherent in Sizing a Security Function
  • Define the Primary Roles of the Security Team
  • Consider What Other Organizations Are Doing
  • Assess Your Staffing Levels Against the Comparative Ratios
    • It Is Important to Remember the Limitations of Using Comparative Data

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