Tuesday, March 11, 2008

OMG, Security ROI Comes Back - And It is Mad As Hell :-)

OK, not really mad :-) In fact, pretty intelligent :-) But a new salvo has been fired in a "great security ROI war." Counter-salvos have been fired as well :-)

The salvo is the paper called “The Fallacy of Information Security ROI” by Jon Pols ("ISSA Journal", February 2008) where Jon argues against the ROI for security (since there is no money earned by security, just saving which are NOT the same thing); Jon proposes "security as insurance" model which, in all honesty, I am not too comfortable with (since security doesn't "pay you back" after the breach).

ROI proponents "hit hard" in return: 'One is Jos Pols who, in his recent article “The Fallacy of Information Security ROI” in the February 2008 issue of the ISSA Journal (membership required to access link resource), claims that one cannot have a return where there is no income. .' They next bring back the "return in the form of savings" (which many disagree with ...): 'this is an overly restrictive view of the meaning of the word “income.” The avoidance of potential losses redounds to the bottom line, as does revenue, so that a cost saving is a return on an investment.' Read the whole pro-ROI counter-point here.

Previous "ROI War" is cataloged here. A new one is upon us? Unholster your handguns, charge the lasers, enrage your attack hamsters - hurraaaaaaaah!!!!! :-)

Dr Anton Chuvakin