Despite an increasing trend of IT outsourcing, confidence in supplier security remains low in the UK, research has revealed.
Most IT managers (89%) said they outsource at least one IT system, but 20% believe these are less secure than those run in-house, a YouGov survey found.
Despite these security concerns, 31% of companies plan to outsource more in the coming year, according to a separate outsourcing study by PA Consulting.
This trend is being driven by cost-cutting benefits without regard for the security concerns of IT managers, according to information assurance firm NCC Group.
"Businesses that fail to check their suppliers' security credentials are investing in false economy," said John Redeyoff, head of NCC's security certification, 365 Assured.
Businesses need to understand that the potential for data breaches develops at the same rapid rate as technology, he said.
All businesses should be demanding the same security assurances from outsourcers as the financial sector and other highly regulated industries, said Redeyoff.