How Much Should Do Companies Spend on IT Security?

Wednesday Sep 22nd 2010 by Staff

Gartner says that businesses spend an average of 5 percent of their IT budget on security.

PCWorld: A new Gartner survey of 1,500 companies around the world reveals that the average business spends 5 percent of its IT budget on security. In 2009, that came to $525 per employee, down from $636 per employee in 2008.

That IT security spending breaks down as follows:

  • 37 percent--personnel
  • 25 percent--software
  • 20 percent--hardware
  • 10 percent--outsourcing
  • 9 percent--consulting
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