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SMEs are expected to continue spending on IT security this year after a dip last year as smaller companies move to protect themselves from web based attacks.
According to Forrester’s State of SMB IT Security: 2008 to 2009 budgets will be allocated to support security plans that will see it hit 10% of operating budget compared to 9.1% last year.
The Forrester findings of continued spending in 2009 echo those of Finjan, which released its Q4 Security Threat report yesterday stating that this year would see more threats emerging and a greater need for protection.
In the list of priorities that the analyst house identified data security as the top concern followed by application security and business continuity.
Increasingly companies are turning to managed services as a way to get themselves protected.
The Forrester research highlighted one area of concern with the identification of a trend for SMEs to buy direct.
“While there is no strong tendency to go with one source or channel overall, there is generally a slightly larger percentage of SMBs choosing to purchase direct from the manufacturer or through their network service provider,” stated the report.