ESG research indicates that most midmarket and enterprise organizations will increase security spending in 2012. Spending in traditional areas like network security and desktop security will remain dominant, joined in 2012 by an increased emphasis on mobile device security. Many organizations want to add security staff within IT, but will likely find a shortage of available talent, presenting an opportunity for security services providers.
According to ESG’s 2012 IT Spending Intentions Survey, more than half of all organizations will increase networking spending in the upcoming year. Survey respondents’ highest spending priority is, once again, network security, followed by network management and WAN optimization. Furthermore, more than one-third of organizations adding IT staff in 2012 also plan to hire additional network administrators, making networking one of the top five areas of demand for IT hiring in 2012.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s information security service. With over 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of information security and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government.
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