Security risks are pervasive and becoming more difficult to prevent or minimize. Without the support of senior management, much needed investments in people, processes and technologies are not made. The findings of the research reveal the difficulty IT security practitioners face in achieving a stronger security posture because of inadequate budgets and the lack of C-level and boards of directors’ involvement in decisions related to IT security investments. This suggests the importance of IT security practitioners becoming more integral to their companies’ IT spending and investment process.
Ponemon Institute is pleased to present the 2015 Global Study on IT Security Spending & Investments. The purpose of this study is to understand how companies are investing in technologies, qualified personnel and governance practices to strengthen their security posture within the limitations of their budget.
We surveyed 1,825 IT management and IT security practitioners in the following global regions: North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA), Asia, Pacific, Japan (APJ) and Latin America (LATAM) in a total of 42 countries. All respondents are involved to some degree in securing or overseeing the security of their organizations’ information systems or IT infrastructure. They are also familiar with their organization’s budget process and/or spending on IT security activities.
According to participants in this research, boards of directors and C-level executives are not often briefed and often not given necessary information to help them make informed budgeting decisions. As shown in Figure 1, 51 percent of respondents do not agree (34 percent) or are unsure (17 percent) that C-level executives are briefed on security priorities and what investments in technology and personnel need to be made.
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