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Strategic actions more important to security performance results than total spend, Aberdeen says

Results of an Aberdeen Group survey released today found that while corporate decision-makers cite key strategic ac...


January 10, 2005  


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Results of an Aberdeen Group survey released today found that while corporate decision-makers cite key strategic actions, processes and enabling technologies as critical to the performance of their spending on security the success rate varies.

“Although almost all companies state that their strategic action is focused on avoiding, preventing, and containing Internet security threats, not all firms are achieving the same results,” said Jim Hurley, Aberdeen’s vice president of research and author of the report.

“Firms operating as laggards and those in the industry norm are actually spending more on security and achieving less than best-in-class companies.”

To maximize performance results and better manage security spend, Hurley recommends the following:

* Implement a collaborative security spend management program between IT, purchasing, and finance;

* Invite business line managers to regularly provide input on key business pressures and objectives, and

* Choose appropriate performance indicators and measurement criteria;

The Security Spend Management Benchmark Report contains specific steps that firms can take, including strategies, capabilities, procedures, organizational guidance, enabling technologies, and best-practices to maximize security spend performance results.

Further information is available at www.aberdeen.com.