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Clarify security ROI, experts urge
"IT and security staff take a broad view of ROI: if you can sleep well at night that's a return on investment," said Tom Scholtz, vice president of security and risk strategies at the Meta Group.
"But for an executive there's a different view. They need to know either: 'How much are we saving?' or 'How much extra revenue will this generate in the short or medium term?'. The channel needs to build cost benefit analysis that merges the two views."
While quantifying some areas of return on a security investment can be difficult, there are metrics available.
Vendors should research solid figures on the specific cost savings that a new product or service will bring and then build in the costs of downtime and long-term damage to brand, without using scare stories.
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