I think it depends somewhat on your industry. For instance, for banks, credit card companies, hospitals and others that utilize personal or financial information, good security is a competitive advantage. My bank regularly reminds me that the “security of your personal information is important to us.” This is a double-edged sword, however. Boast too much about how secure you are and you will likely invite cyber attacks. Hackers love a challenge. If you are in the R&D business, protecting your intellectual property has a direct long-term impact on your bottom line. For some industries, heavy equipment manufacturing for instance, security is more of a defensive proposition. The most likely damage a hacker could do is disrupt your production schedules. No distinct competitive advantage but a business necessity.
There's no doubt that security is a value-add, but its also table stakes.
In my area, SaaS, essential security is presumed - table stakes. In that way, its a defensive move. Offensively, the incremental improvements, vertically oriented enhancementts, transparennt communications, that's all offensive manuvering for the security team.
Ultimately, its about the company culture, and if security is more or less provided the stick (punishment for failure) or carrot (reward for finding workable solutions). I think there is a place for both in an enterprise (as a customer I don't want too many carrots offered, ass a businessperson, I don't want to discourage innovation).
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