SMEs to spend more on security next year


SMEs to spend more on security next year

Antony Savvas

SMEs will spend more on security systems next year, with vulnerability assessment, data leakage and web-application risks key areas of concern.

A survey of 2,800 IT professionals by security gateway firm Astaro says increased spending will begin in the last quarter of this year, and then gaining momentum next year.

One quarter of respondents said their organisation will spend between 7% and 10% of their total 2007 IT budget on security, and 13% plan to spend more than 15%.

Planned IT security investment for the next year is set to rise, with nearly 70% of respondents indicating planned increases in budget to prevent unauthorised access to networks and data.

The largest areas of IT security concern included vulnerability assessment, leakage of confidential data and protecting web applications from worms or hacker attacks, with 60% of respondents planning to invest in protection against these threats.

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