Companies are moving to invest in security solutions andmove away from point products as the investment in protection returns to thecorporate agenda.
IT security has been one of the few market sectors that hasweathered the storm in the recession because the number of threats hascontinued to expand and the option to turn the tap off on the protection frontis not a realistic option.
Only 20% of those quizzed saidthey would cut their security budget next year and money was going to be spenton IT security audits, data loss prevention and consulting.
“Our findings reveal a growingrealisation among organisations that reacting to security incidents, and ad hocacquisition of point technologies without regard to how they dovetail withothers, is more costly and less effective than planning an integrated strategy,”said Neil Campbell, Dimension Data’s global general manager, securitysolutions.
But despite the move towardssolutions, a move the channel has been encouraged to pitch over the last fewyears with the growth in popularity of the Unified Threat Managementappliances, there are still concerns about the lack of user strategy.
“We are concerned that thesurveyed organisations are still tackling threats reactively, on an ad hocbasis, and without putting some basic security controls in place,” said Campbell.
Eric Domage, IDC EMEA program manager,European security products and strategy, said that the survey also foundcustomers were most concerned about loss and damage to intellectual property.