Survey Shows Security Budgets on Rise

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<strong>Burlington, Mass. &mdash; Oct. 18</strong><br />IT security budgets in the SMB market are in strong and healthy state moving into the fourth quarter, and they are creating strong demand for the VAR/reseller community, according to the results of a global market survey conducted by Astaro Corp., a provider of unified threat management (UTM) security appliances.<br /><br />In June, 2,800 Astaro channel partners, resellers and end-users participated in a market-trend survey on topics such as IT security tools, managed services, foremost challenges and planned investments. <br /><br />Survey respondents represented diverse industries including manufacturing, health care, education and financial services.<br /><br />Of those surveyed, 37 percent plan to allocate $50,000 for security tools and services in the next fiscal year, and 13.6 percent of those polled plan to set aside between $50,000 to $100,000 for their security budgets. <br /><br />Fewer than 10 percent plan to spend more than $1 million on network security solutions within the next year. The majority of respondents were companies with fewer than 100 employees.<br /><br />One quarter of respondents claim that their organizations will spend between 7 percent and 10 percent of their total IT budget on security. Thirteen percent plan to spend more than 15 percent of their total IT budget on security.<br /><br />Planned investments for the next fiscal year show that nearly 70 percent will increase budgets to prevent unauthorized access to networks and data.<br /><br />Sixty percent expressed concern in vulnerability assessment, leakage of confidential data and protecting Web applications from worms or hacker attacks (via SQL/command injection) and plan to investment in protection against these threats.<br /><br />Half of the respondents reported desktop security for notebooks and wireless data communications as being priority areas for next year&rsquo;s investments.<br /><br />&ldquo;The biggest challenge our customers and resellers are facing over the next five years is the ability to find vulnerabilities in their systems and prevent unauthorized network access,&rdquo; said Arne Klein, Astaro vice president of marketing and author of the report. &ldquo;Overall, the state of IT spending on security will continue unabated, with managed security services gaining ground in almost every application.&rdquo;

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