This is the ultimate guide to the cost of IT security. Select the details that match your company to see the average budgets your industry peers spend on IT security (by region, industry, size), what security measures they take, the major threat vectors they encounter, how much money they lose as a result, and what you can do to avoid being compromised. The Calculator has been created as an adjustable tool. The data presented can be updated and/or added to over time based on insights from customers and Kaspersky.
IT security budget in 2018
Data provided by 353 respondents*
North America, All industries, 1 000 employees
IT Security budget makes up 28% of the total IT spend
$ 10 448 618
$ 10 448 618
$ 101 250 000
Expected change to IT security budget in three years
Incidents affecting suppliers that the business shares data with
Incidents affecting third party cloud services used by the business
Incidents affecting IT Infrastructure hosted by a third party
Phishing / social engineering attacks on accounts
Attacks on online banking services
Financial losses due to attacks on ATM
Attacks on core transactional / back office systems
Attacks on point-of-sale (POS) systems
$ 1 507 621
Average cost of one incident
North America is one of the most developed regions from an IT and telecommunications standpoint, which makes this area a high priority for attackers armed with the latest cyberthreats. So North American companies should be ready to be ‘early adopters,’ implementing all the latest IT security technologies e.g. anti-targeted attack systems, EDR, industrial security systems and threat intelligence, as soon as they become available. A cloud security strategy is critical, as so many business processes in this region are dependent on public cloud infrastructures (such as AWS and AZURE).
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*These statistics are based on results from an online survey of 6,687 business representatives from companies with up to 4,999 employees around the world, conducted in 2018 by Kaspersky and B2B International. Statistics based on less than 30 respondents should be used with caution, due to this being a low base.