Gartner Says Spend Smarter, Not More, on Security

Research firm Gartner says that Instead of considering the ROI on security expenditures, companies should consider them just the cost of doing business. And when it comes to managing expensive security solutions? “Leverage the free stuff,” by taking advantage of built-in features plenty of enterprise hardware ships with.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — As a budgetary matter, IT security is not a one-size-fits-all proposition.

With corporate budgets still reeling from the economic downturn of 2008 and 2009, a senior analyst at the research firm Gartner is urging IT managers to take a shrewder posture on information security, leveraging free or lower-cost solutions to shore up data systems without breaking the bank.

“The goal here is to do more with less,” Gartner Managing Vice President Vic Wheatman said in a presentation here at the firm’s annual Security and Risk Management Summit. “There’s almost no correlation between how much is being spent and how secure the organization is.”

In a recent survey of CIOs at SMBs and larger enterprises, Gartner found that businesses are planning to spend an average of 5 percent of their IT budgets on security this year, down a percentage point from 2009.

Read “Gartner Urges Smarter, Not Pricier, Security ” at eSecurity Planet

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