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August 26, 2015

App adoption fuels increasing CIO security concern

Kable Global ICT Intelligence: Application security is taken seriously but is still not the main concern.

By Alexander Sword

Kable analysis shows that concerns about enterprise application security is rising as adoption increases but has yet to reach the top of the agenda.

Employee and supplier-facing mobile applications were found to be currently in use by 58.8 percent of respondents, while 56.1 percent were considering investment in the next two years.

In addition, customer-facing applications were already in place and being considered for investment by 55.2 percent and 58.5 percent respectively.

13.2 percent of total ICT budgets was being spent on applications, set to rise marginally to 13.9 percent next year.

While 70.5 percent already had security products in place to protect application security, 60.9 percent were considering investment in the next two years.

However, other mobility security products were generally prioritised above application security, such as identity and access products, which were used by 79.7 percent with 65.4 percent considering investment in the next two years.

In addition, illustrating priorities, network security was in place for 76.1 percent of respondents and end-point security and anti-virus were used by 74.1 percent. These two areas were considered for investment in the next two years by 61.9 percent and 62.2 percent respectively.

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The findings suggest that application security is not currently the primary concern, meaning that rightly or wrongly, IT departments do not see it as the primary gateway into an enterprise.

Looking at the supply end of the app market, a recent report by Progress suggested that security was not the highest priority for application developers, with 11 percent naming it as the most important factor for their apps in 2015. This compared with 44 percent naming user experience, 24 percent naming ease of development and maintenance, and 15 percent naming performance.

All figures, unless specified, 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 hardware budget allocation, telecommunications budget allocation and software budget allocation. Subscribe to Kable here.

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