Trends Report

Forrsights: The Evolution Of IT Security, 2010 To 2011

Cybersecurity And Services Fuel The Next Phase Of Market Growth

February 15th, 2011
With contributors:
Khalid Kark , Christopher Mines , Sarah Musto

Summary

In Q3 2010, Forrester surveyed 2,058 IT security decision-makers at North American and European small businesses and enterprises to gauge the current state and identify the key trends and future direction of the IT security market. The data shows that IT security remains a hotbed of activity and growth as firms grapple with a more menacing, capable threat landscape, respond to a growing body of regulation and third-party requirements, and adapt to an unprecedented level of IT upheaval. The challenge of addressing this added complexity is fueling the adoption of security services. Looking forward, regulatory compliance will recede as a market driver, replaced by a focus on re-architecting security for a more open enterprise and defending against advanced threats. The IT security vendor landscape will grow more complex and competitive. Large IT firms are weaving security more tightly into their IT portfolios; network service providers and cloud providers are embedding security into their services. Defense/intelligence firms are strongly positioning to capitalize on rising cybersecurity concerns. All these changes mean 2011 will be a key inflection point for the IT security market.

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