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How to justify a bigger security budget, Part 3: Demonstrating clear benefits and business impact

Mary Ann Mezzapelle, Chief Technology Officer, Americas region, Enterprise Security Services, Hewlett-Packard

 

In my previous posts, “How to justify a bigger security budget, Part 1 and Part 2,” I talked about getting a single view of your security program, and understanding the challenges, inside and out. In this final posting, I talk about employees in meeting.jpghow to justify a bigger security budget.

 

IT Security has often been labeled the black hole of investments. Data is the only way to demonstrate clear benefits and show the connection to the business. A security metrics capability helps you quantify the security impact on business objectives and evaluates risk for new business. A mature security metrics program provides accountability and better stewardship, supporting your enterprise’s evolving business needs.

How to justify a bigger security budget, Part 2: Understanding why organizations can't keep up

Mary Ann Mezzapelle, Chief Technology Officer, Americas region, Enterprise Security Services, Hewlett-Packard

 

In the first installment the series, “How to justify a bigger security budget,” I recommended getting a singlesecurity_metrics-compressed.jpg view of your security program and relating it to peers in your industry. As a follow-on, I’ll explain the root causes of why organizations aren’t keeping up.

 

We see security challenges falling into three major areas:

  • Complex nature and motivation of threats
  • Increased regulatory pressures
  • Protection for the New Style of IT (mobile, social, data analytics, and cloud)

 

 

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How to justify a bigger security budget: Part 1

 

By Mary Ann Mezzapelle, Chief Technology Officer, Americas Region, Enterprise Security Services, Hewlett-Packard

 

Best-run security organizations are moving away from their “no” and “slow” reputations by transforming how security is managed—informing business decisions and supporting growth. You need to drop the endowment- and entitlement-type attitudes and learn how to run security like a business. This post introduces a three-part series on how to justify a bigger security budget with that data-driven mindset...

 

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  1. Single view of the IT Security capability and cost
  2. Understanding why organizations can’t keep up
  3. Demonstrating clear benefits and business impact

 

...so that you can help your organization understand the cost of protection, communicate in business terms and improve decision-making.

How should CISOs approach cloud security?

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By Jeremy Ward, Global Security Consulting Services Offering Manager, Hewlett-Packard

 

According to an article in the latest issue of HP INFORM, an HP Enterprise Security Services eBook, CISOs need to consider a well-rounded approach when it comes to Cloud security.

 

Find out why and how HP can help in this short extract.

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  • Manage cyber engineering & architecture team developing security services, security reference architectures, big data security, mobility, cloud, cyber situational awareness and security operation center solutions. Responsible for developing innovative cyber solutions across public sector accounts. Collaborates with HP Labs, HP CTO Organization, product groups and third-party vendors to leverage innovative technologies to deliver the next generation of cybersecurity solutions.
  • A business first, senior executive, with over 20 years of hands on experience in defending banks, governments and corporations against cyberwarfare. My career in security started when I was employed to crack a secure system, which had locked down the boot process, whitelisting of applications and encrypted disks. I linked TeamOffice (an ICL email and collaboration system) with Microsoft Word to send an email which allowed me to do anything the person reading the email could do and send the results back to me, all without there knowledge. Having proved this vulnerability, I worked with Peter Simpson to create Defuse, a tool that blocked inappropriate actions. This successfully blocked Winword Concept, the first known malicous code in the wild. From these begginings I have investigated all aspects of security to provide an holistic approach to security as a business enabler and currently advising organisations on the suitability of the cloud to their needs.
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