Gartner Research

Articulating the Business Value of Information Security

Published: 29 July 2019

ID: G00407639

Analyst(s): Tom Scholtz


Despite higher levels of awareness among executives regarding cybersecurity risk, security and risk management leaders struggle to make a clear and defensible business case for investing in a security program. The benefits of information security must be translated into business terminology.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Develop an Information Security Business Value Model That Outlines Expected Business Values in a Consistent Format
  • Identify Relevant Business Drivers, Extrapolate Actions to Address Them and Map These to the Business Value Articulated in the Model
  • Communicate the Proposed Actions, Relevant Business Drivers and Expected Business Value of the Information Security Program
  • Provide Feedback to Executives on the Actual Benefits That Are Realized (and Those That Are Not)

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