10/9/2007
03:29 PM
Keith Ferrell
Keith Ferrell
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Security Costs: Are You Spending Enough? Too Much?

The average company spends 20 percent of its technology budget on security. Does that finding match your security outlay?



The average company spends 20 percent of its technology budget on security. Does that finding match your security outlay?A new Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) survey showed that close to 20 cents of every tech dollar goes to security products, processes, services.

.20 cents of each of those security dollars goes protect the tech bought with the balance of the security buck. (Actually, only 42 cents went to security products, the rest to training, assessment, certification, etc., but you get the idea.)

The bulk of the products pay goes to purchase antivirus software and firewalls, with smaller shares purchaisng access control, intrusion detection, and so on.

So how does your company's security expenditure stack up to the survey average?

And are you spending more? The survey showed a 5 percent increase in security spending over the past year; an 8 percent rise since 2005.

More importantly -- however much or little you're spending -- do you feel like you're getting your money's worth?

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