I wanted to announce that the reports based on our annual Security Survey of nearly 2,000 organizations are live as of Monday, January 25th. These are among our most widely read security reports, with insight into IT security priorities, challenges, state of compliance efforts, and of course adoption of security technologies and services.
The two reports are:
“The State of Enterprise IT Security And Emerging Trends: 2009 to 2010”, at http://www.forrester.com/go?docid=56032
“The State of SMB IT Security And Emerging Trends: 2009 to 2010”, at http://www.forrester.com/go?docid=55093
Here’s a taste of some of the findings:
- Security budgets, which didn’t take too much of a hit overall last year, continue to fare well. Most notably, budgets for acquiring new security technology are recovering quite strongly. But insufficient staffing is still going to be an issue in 2010. Top security technologies areas identified for growing investment are network security and data security (for a slightly alternative view to data security spend and related 2010 prognostications, see Andrew Jaquith’s report,"Data Security Predictions 2010”)
- The top IT security priority remains data protection. Notably, managing vulnerabilities and complex threats moved several slots up the ranks to become the #2 IT security priority today.
- Across the board, growth is expected in adoption of various managed security services, with vulnerability assessments being the one service organizations are most interested in adopting “over the next 12 months” (Sept 2009 – Sept 2010).
- Compliance with PCI continues to look pretty abysmal. North American organizations are still not where they should be, and the level of PCI compliance in Europe is especially poor.
- Organizations are expecting to invest big in client security, with renewed spending on more mature threat management technologies while simultaneously taking emerging data protection technologies mainstream.
Finally, some other observations from the data:
- There are diminishing distinctions between SMBs and enterprises with respect to priorities, challenges, and tech adoption. This is a continuing trend, and one that my colleague and economist-in-residence Andy Bartels, is seeing across many segments of IT.
- Not to minimize the fact that security concerns impede adoption of cloud, but security decision-makers expressed even more concern about consumerization (smart phones, web 2.0, etc). In general, this follows the broader trend of IT losing centralized control of technology adoption, deployment, and use. It’s not just consumer technology like iPods and use of Facebook or Twitter; it also shows up in the uncontrolled proliferation of SharePoint sites by business groups, or in the use of cloud compute services by application developers. All that aligns well with Forrester’s identification of the mega trends most affecting the technology industry.