Australian Organizations Increase Cyber Security Spend To Nearly A$5B In 2021

The rise in cyberattacks in Australia is seeing its natural result – organisations realizing the need to put more budget focused on cybersecurity, with the largest portion going towards services.

I make sure to represent Australia here in the blog, as they, too, are experiencing the same rise in cyberattacks as the rest of the world. Australia has seen a massive 75% increase in phishing attacks last year alone, earning them a spot at the cybersecurity table.

According to Gartner, Australian organisations are planning on spending A$4.93B on cybersecurity and risk management solutions. Cloud Security, Identity and Access Management, and Infrastructure Protection top the list of cybersecurity segments that are given the highest budget focus.

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Source: Gartner

Every segment but one – “Other Information Security Software” – saw a rise in the amount of dollars to be spent. The largest segment, representing 65% of the spend, is “Security Services, which Gartner did not expand upon.

Sadly, what’s missing from the list above is Security Awareness Training, which has been proven to be very effective in significantly reducing the risk of cyberattack via phishing – shown to involved in more than 90% of all cyberattacks. The data has shown that organizations who have instituted this kind of training achieve a 87.5% reduction in the phishing threat surface – in layman’s terms, users are 87.5% less likely to click on a phishing email.

This level of efficacy demands a line item on every organisation’s cybersecurity budget. Let’s hope at very least it’s included as part of “Security Services”.

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