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Management and Leadership

2021 Security Budget Benchmark Report

by IANS + Artico

In 2021, security programs experienced a boost in visibility from both external exposure and internal scrutiny.

The combination of greater visibility and growing pressures from top executives presents an opportune time for CISOs to revisit current budgets and to make the case for additional resources. As such, CISOs want to know how their overall budget and budget allocations compare to those of their peers.

Our second annual benchmark study, jointly fielded with Artico Search, offers objective insights and cross-industry security budget survey results from 425 CISOs across the U.S. and Canada.

Download a summary version of our benchmark report to access key security budget information for CISOs, including: 

  • An overview of security budgets as a percentage of overall IT budgets 
  • Comparisons of security budget sizes across several key industries
  • A detailed break-down of how security teams allocate budget
  • Insights into the factors that influence changes in security budgets


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For the security practitioner caught between rapidly evolving threats and demanding executives, IANS Research is a clear-headed resource for making decisions and articulating risk. We provide experience-based security insights for chief information security officers and their teams. The core of our value comes from the IANS Faculty, a network of seasoned practitioners. We support client decisions and executive communications with Ask-an-Expert inquiries, our peer community, deployment-focused reports, tools and templates, and consulting.


About Artico Search

Artico Search’s team of executive recruiters focuses on a “grow and protect” model, recruiting senior go-to-market and security executives in growth venture, private equity and public companies. Artico’s dedicated security practice delivers CISOs and other senior level information security professionals for a diverse set of clients.