Gartner Information Technology Research

The Urgency to Treat Cybersecurity as a Business Decision

Published: 12 February 2020

ID: G00466055

Analyst(s): Paul Proctor


Cybersecurity is facing slowing budget growth, frustrated at-risk executives and shifting regulatory focus. As the lines blur between business models and the technology that supports them, CIOs need to consider the risks, security priorities and investments that impact their business outcomes.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Address Failing Approaches to Cybersecurity
    • Societal Perception Is Creating Bad Engagement and Bad Investments
    • Organizations Are Asking the Wrong Questions About Cybersecurity
    • Investments and Approaches to Improve Cybersecurity That Will Fall Short
    • Real Failures Caused by the Disconnect Between Cybersecurity and Business Decision Making
  • Create a Business Context Around Cybersecurity
  • The Limitations of Current Standards, Frameworks and Maturity Models for Cybersecurity
    • Outcome-Driven Metrics for Cybersecurity
  • The CARE Standard for Cybersecurity Readiness and Investment
    • Cybersecurity Readiness Is a Choice

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