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 2021
Data provided by 61 respondents*
North America, IT & Telecoms, 999 employees
IT Security budget makes up 37% of the total IT spend
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$ 662 082
$ 662 082
$ 4 812 500
Expected change to IT security budget in three years
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 3,063 business representatives from companies with 50 and up to 4,999 employees around the world, conducted in 2021 by Kaspersky and B2B International. Statistics based on less than 30 respondents should be used with caution, due to this being a low base.
** The methodology for measuring endpoint protection represents the penetration of endpoint protection in businesses meaning the proportion of corporate endpoints (both physical devices and virtual endpoints) that have endpoint security software installed in the average organization of this vertical and segment