Mature enterprises can cut security spend – Gartner

Organisations with mature IT security practices can cut their IT security spending, according to research firm Gartner.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  July 24, 2006

|~|antallan200.jpg|~||~|Organisations with mature IT security practices can cut their IT security spending, according to research firm Gartner. The firm estimates that around 10% of global enterprises may be able to cut their security spending to around 3%-4% of the total IT budget, provided they have reached a secure level of IT security. In contrast, organisations which have not developed mature security practices may have to increase their security spending to around 8%, as they may have underinvested or made errors in the past. Technology solutions now exist to solve most information security problems, according to Ant Allan, research vice president at Gartner. “It’s a matter of implementing the technology efficiently and effectively so resources can be focused on new threats,” he said. “Organisations that are still impacted by everyday routine threats must ramp up to become more mature in their approach.” Allan also said that the emphasis for enterprises should be “we need more security process”, rather than simply “we need more security”. He added that security needs to be treated as a business issue, rather than an IT issue. “By mapping architecture and security controls against four key processes organisations can ensure compliance with regulations and increase security effectiveness and efficiency,” he said. The processes Gartner recommends are: vulnerability management, intrusion protection, network access control, and identity and access management. “Organisations must also improve how they work with vendors to select and implement those technologies that will give them most security benefit for the least cost,” said Allan. Gartner is holding an IT security summit in London in September, which Allan will be chairing.||**||

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