There is an article on The Register web site claiming security spending has soared to 20% of the IT budget. This is based on a poll of 1070 organizations.
It is a shame the article doesn’t provide more detail. It would be nice to know the industries surveyed, size of the organizations, and all of the categories assessed. Does this review include staffing, business continuity, disaster recovery, Application security, etc.?
My experience shows that most organizations can’t account for the actual security dollars spent. When evaluating IT security within an organization, excluding physical security and business continuity, most organizations I review are in the 1% to 5% range of the IT budget with the exception of the major financial firms and a few others. These numbers are also pretty much in line with the CSI/FBI annual surveys conducted.
- What is your experience?
- Can you account for your total security budget?
- What does that budget include?
Unfortunately this area of security is still lacking in the amount of free information available to the public and many of the assessments are limited to less than 1000 respondents. I would be happy to post some links on this site if anyone has some good free resources or whitepapers.