Despite frequent news headlines describing large-scale data breaches around the globe, chief information security officers (CISOs) still struggle to justify security investments to top leadership. According to Gartner, security spending makes up only about 5.6 percent of overall IT funds.
Whatever security budget is ultimately approved by enterprise leadership, it’s up to CISOs to optimize the allocation of that money. More funds might help, but only if they know how to spend it effectively — and that planning starts before the first pitch. Let’s take a closer look at four key steps security leaders can take to maximize their return on security investment.