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Buying Guide for IT Security

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Welcome to the CompTIA Buying Guide for IT Security.

For most executives and business managers, buying technology often entails elements of excitement, hope, uncertainty, frustration and everything in between. Requirements must be identified, competing needs weighed, capabilities evaluated, ROI assessed and a host of other factors considered.

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This buying guide is designed to provide a starting point.

IT security has been a top priority for companies as long as computing has been a business tool, but the methods for securing digital assets have changed as the use of enterprise technology has evolved.

The not-for-profit Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) designed this guide to assist in navigating the purchase process for security solutions. This is not intended to be a Consumer Reports-type product review, but rather a framework for “asking the right questions” to make an informed decision.

What you will find in the CompTIA Buying Guide for IT Security:

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SECURITY OVERVIEW

  • Why is security so critical?
  • What are the costs of security breaches?
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THREE ELEMENTS OF MODERN SECURITY

  • How does risk assessment play into security?
  • What new tools should be included in a security portfolio?
  • How does the human element factor into security plans?
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SELF ASSESSMENT AND QUESTIONS TO ASK

  • How do you rate your company on a security spectrum?
  • What questions should you ask a vendor or solution provider?

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