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Taming rising cyber costs amid relentless threats—your ultimate guide

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Cybersecurity costs continue to rise as the threat of cyber attacks grows, causing headaches for CFOs. Many finance chiefs are trying to rein in technology budgets, but the need for stronger cybersecurity measures has driven costs up. On top of that, new disclosure regulations require closer collaboration between cybersecurity teams and financial reporting functions during security incidents, which puts additional pressure on stretched IT staff. CFOs are now facing the challenge of minimizing cyber expenses while keeping investors informed of cyber risks and avoiding duplication between internal security teams and external disclosure teams. Finding a balance will require improved processes, better coordination, and governance.

Recent data shows that the average cost for organizations to deal with a data breach is $4.5 million globally, with US organizations paying more than double that amount. As a result, CFOs are scrutinizing their technology spending and looking for opportunities to optimize costs without compromising security. This requires specifying which elements of cybersecurity merit continued investment and which provide limited value. For example, next-generation endpoint detection and response solutions that use advanced analytics and automation are worth the investment, while legacy antivirus solutions may be less effective.

In addition to cost optimization, CFOs also face the challenge of integrating disclosure teams into early-stage response procedures for cyber incidents. New cybersecurity regulations require tighter collaboration between incident response and financial reporting functions to ensure transparency and trust with stakeholders. CFOs need to break down organizational silos and ensure that disclosure and investor relations leaders are involved in key meetings and briefings during cybersecurity incident response. This adds additional demands on already scarce response resources, but it is necessary to meet regulatory requirements and protect sensitive information until public disclosure.

Navigating the tension between minimizing cybersecurity costs and elevating transparency requires a balancing act. CFOs need to prioritize spending based on genuine sector risks and eliminate non-essential cybersecurity expenses. At the same time, they must ensure integration between incident response and disclosure processes to meet regulatory obligations and maintain transparency. With careful planning and collaboration, CFOs can balance cybersecurity protections with responsible transparency and drive both cost savings and investor trust.

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