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Strategies & Issues: Justifying Security Spending

To get the dollars they need, security administrators have to start speaking the language of business. Increases in cybercrime, widespread worm and virus outbreaks, the specter of catastrophic cyberterrorism, and regulatory requirements in HIPAA, Gramm Leach Bliley, and other government mandates have boosted the profile of computer security. Once the province of a few long-haired firewall gurus in the server room, computer security now merits its own C-level executives and has become an agenda item at board meetings. This attention from upper management may be a welcome change to security professionals. For one thing, it validates their hard work. For another, it gives them direct access to decision makers and check signers. But increased awareness also means increased scrutiny. Executives are asking just what those firewall gurus are up to, and how they’re spending the money they’ve been allocated. Now that security has earned the attention of the CEO, it has to be justified in language that the CEO understands. Full Story

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