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Security investment greater than cloud & driven by identity

Kable Analysis: At both product and service level, identity drives investment.

By Ellie Burns

The findings from the analysis indicate security as the top priority for business, with security products the most used technology among respondents (95%).

Although a greater number of respondents planned investment into enterprise applications, security products came a close second, with 86.6% of respondents considering investment in the technology within the next two years.

Interestingly, planned investment into security products was considerably greater than cloud (80.6%), mobility (80.4%), virtualisation (83.8%) and business intelligence (81.7%).

Looking into the security product sector, Identity and Access Management (IAM) products were named as the top security products in current use, with 79.9% of respondents currently deploying such products.

IAM products were also considered as the top priority for investment in the next two years, with 65.4% of companies considering investment in the next two years. 63.5% of respondents stated that Security and Vulnerability Management products were earmarked for investment, bringing that technology in as the second top priority for funding.

After IAM, Network security and backup and archive products both tied as the second most deployed security products (76.1%).

In addition to security products, security services were also seen to be in high demand, with 90.2% of respondents currently using such services and 83.2% planning investment in the next two years.

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Intrusion, Detection and Prevention was the top service deployed by those surveyed (71.8%), closely followed by Identity Management (68.7%).

The focus on identity at both service and product level indicates that identity is viewed as the most important security factor in enterprises.

At the service level, 59.6% of respondents plan to further invest in Identity Management – this, coupled with the identity investment at the product level, indicates that identity will claim a large chunk of the 13.5% of budget earmarked for security.

All figures come from Kable’s ICT Customer Insight survey, which polled 2685 respondents from across the world in Q4 2014. The survey findings include data on software budget allocation, technology priorities, vendor ratings and spending objectives. Subscribe to Kable.

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