Cybersecurity has become an essential part of the corporate security landscape. With the evolving business transformation in the recent past, business is now highly becoming dependent on Information and digital data. Incidentally, the security threat and the cyberattack practice/mechanism are evolving into much more sophisticated and coordinated. Evidently, Cybersecurity has transcended into new business reality and more importantly has become a business imperative. But security is itself a vague concept, especially cybersecurity is mostly dealt with a reactive approach rather than a proactive approach. One of the serious quandaries which every organisation faces with cybersecurity is INVESTMENT AND CYBER STRATEGY

6 Tips for an effective security budgeting

1. Determine the Threat Landscape

Cybersecurity doesn’t have a one size fits all approach. It is always unique to every organisation and industry. It is very critical to understand the events, potential threats, breaches and security incidents. Business should always be aware of the security threats as the speed of cyberattacks are exponential. Ransomware attacks can happen every 11 seconds. An organisation can be better evaluated with available standard cybersecurity assessments.

2. Understand the Business Landscape

Businesses all over the globe are experiencing a grand transformation especially with the Digital transformation. Therefore, every business leader, especially security leaders must understand the threat landscape within their business landscape to design and devise a coherent CYBERSECURITY BUDGET.

3. Monitor and Measure

Formulating better Measurements and Key performance indicators will help the security team and C-level executives to determine if the laid-out security budget is being spent productively and achieving the optimal benefits for the business. 

4. Risk-Based/Reactive or Tactical/Proactive

Modern-day business leaders and innovative start-ups have always been a leap forward in ensuring the business decisions are enterprising and proactive. Within security posture, Cybersecurity holds a greater value in the contemporary business spectrum as it can sway a greater financial and reputational loss to an organisation. In this regard, smart cybersecurity budgeting is a business imperative.

5. Choice of security team(In-house/external)

An enterprising cybersecurity budget needs a qualified and well-trained security professional which itself covers a significant part of the Budget. However, a managed security partner can greatly help streamline spending through efficient knowledge-sharing, training, and reporting.

6. Determine Critical spending

With the world moving towards a much innovative business restructuring, evidently the security must play a major role in digital transformation projects, such as moving workloads to the cloud, supporting remote working. Therefore, smart cybersecurity planning must be reflected in the security budget for securing changes in IT infrastructure projects.