Gartner Research

Identifying the Real Information Security Budget

Published: 03 August 2016

ID: G00239779

Analyst(s): Sam Olyaei , Rob McMillan


True organizational spending on IT security, risk management and business continuity is difficult to determine. Since these disciplines support cross-functional areas, security spending is diffused. There are practical reasons to know the real budget, as well as that controlled by the CISO.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Use Standardized Budget Information as a Starting Point but Not an Absolute Measure of What Your Organization Should Be Spending
  • Do Not Interpret Security Expenditure as a Proxy for Security Maturity, and Verify That Important Security Activities Are Being Adequately Performed Regardless of the Budget That Funds Them
  • Ensure That the Right Risks Are Being Adequately Managed, and Understand That Spending May Fluctuate Accordingly

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