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In search of security ROI

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.
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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.

 

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