In a scathing attack on the attitude of European firms, IDC says that to date, most organisations have had a lacklustre approach to IT security in Western Europe, hoping that if they ignore the problem it will pass them by.
These are the topline findings of a recently published series of studies on the state of the European security software market. The result of the perceived indifference, says the market researcher, is that the majority of firms still have relatively weak security protection mechanisms in place. However, during the next five years, IDC expects major efforts to improve the existing ecosystem.
"Securing digital assets presents significant challenges to most European organisations, many of which are now realising that a holistic approach to security is not just nice to have, but rather paramount for survival and an integral part of any successful business strategy.
"With the help of the security industry, successful companies are bound to make the transition from reactive security to a comprehensive, integrated and forward-looking approach to IT security.
“Corporate concerns with endpoint security, regulatory compliance, spyware/spam, worms/viruses, digital identities, mobility and complexity will help to drive the security software market to achieve almost $6bn in revenue in 2009," says Thomas Raschke, programme manager of IDC's European Security Products and Strategies research.