In search of security ROI

Summary:Ask any technology executive about the return on investment from information security and you're likely to get a lecture on how difficult it is.Baseline columnist Paul Strassmann offers some insight on the topic and cooks up three ratios to gauge security returns.

Ask any technology executive about the return on investment from information security and you're likely to get a lecture on how difficult it is.

Baseline columnist Paul Strassmann offers some insight on the topic and cooks up three ratios to gauge security returns. The discussion goes beyond the worst-case scenario approach where you try to predict lost revenue from a security attack to cook up a return.

Strassmann says you can tease out security ROI by looking at security spending vs. overall technology spending; lost employee time against information security outlays and the impact of cyberattacks on employee productivity.

 

Topics: Security

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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