IDC PlanScape: Managing an IT Security Program as a Service Using Activity-Based Costing

IDC PlanScape: Managing an IT Security Program as a Service Using Activity-Based Costing

This IDC study provides insight into how an IT security program can be more effectively managed using an activity-based costing approach."With this service-oriented approach to security, the costs align in a way that allows comparison for initiatives looking at new security models, outsourcing arrangements, process automation, and other interests," said Pete Lindstrom, vice president of Security Strategies. "This structure provides a better way to identify opportunities for more cost-effectiveness of a security program."

IDC PlanScape Figure
Executive Summary
Why Is an ABC-Based Security Service Important?
Improve Security Resource Allocation Methods to Focus on High-Priority Risks
Enable Improved Cost Optimization Analyses, Metric Calculations, and Benchmark Standards of IT Security Costs
Better Communicate the Cost of IT Security Services by Aligning Costs to Their Business Purpose
Relationship to IDC's Worldwide Security Products Taxonomy
What Is an ABC-Based Security Service?
The Four Disciplines of Security Management
Identity Management Services
Identity Management Subservices
Identity Management Assets
Vulnerability Management Services
Vulnerability Management Subservices
Vulnerability Management Assets
Trust Management Services
Trust Management Subservices
Trust Management Assets
Threat Management Services
Threat Management Subservices
Threat Management Assets
Who Are the Key Stakeholders?
CIO and IT Management Team
Business Management Teams
IT Security Management-CISO
IT Department Heads
How Can My Organization Take Advantage of an ABC-Based Security Service?
Cost Accumulation Process
Cost Distribution Process
Security Service Cost Hierarchy
Examples of Security-Based ABC Cost Analyses
Replacing Antimalware Solutions
Outsourcing Security Monitoring
Process Automation — Password Resets
Essential Guidance
Immediately — Prior to Budget Completion
Next Six Months — Include in Budget
Over 12–24 Months
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