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 44 respondents*
North America, IT & Telecoms, -1 employees
IT Security budget makes up 25% of the total IT spend
$ 4 462 358
$ 4 462 358
$ 33 750 000
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 virtualized environments
Inappropriate sharing of data via mobile devices
Incidents affecting IT Infrastructure hosted by a third party
$ 1 274 428
Average cost of one incident
Telecom companies, data centers and cloud infrastructure are frequent targets for cyberattacks. You will be the first line of defense for your clients in the case of a malware outbreak. Thus, you are encouraged to deploy a comprehensive multi-layered cybersecurity solution. Another big problem for this sector is the inappropriate use of IT resources by staff, which cannot be solved without regular cyber awareness training.
North American IT and Telecom companies are often the first to witness targeted attacks affecting them or their clients. This requires them to have a good level of qualifications among their cybersecurity officers. This can only be achieved through regular training with cybersecurity professionals. Incidents within virtual IT infrastructure are also common in this sector, requiring virtualization-optimized security solutions that provide protection, without hindering performance.
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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.