Dimension Data reveals preference for holistic security

Companies are moving to invest in security solutions and move away from point products as the investment in protection returns to the corporate agenda.

Companies are moving to invest in security solutions and move away from point products as the investment in protection returns to the corporate agenda.

IT security has been one of the few market sectors that has weathered the storm in the recession because the number of threats has continued to expand and the option to turn the tap off on the protection front is not a realistic option.

According to research carried out by IDC on behalf of Dimension Data across Europe users are looking to spend on security but want solutions rather than the traditional approach of point products.

Only 20% of those quizzed said they would cut their security budget next year and money was going to be spent on IT security audits, data loss prevention and consulting.

“Our findings reveal a growing realisation among organisations that reacting to security incidents, and ad hoc acquisition of point technologies without regard to how they dovetail with others, is more costly and less effective than planning an integrated strategy,” said Neil Campbell, Dimension Data’s global general manager, security solutions.

But despite the move towards solutions, a move the channel has been encouraged to pitch over the last few years with the growth in popularity of the Unified Threat Management appliances, there are still concerns about the lack of user strategy.

“We are concerned that the surveyed organisations are still tackling threats reactively, on an ad hoc basis, 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 found customers were most concerned about loss and damage to intellectual property.

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