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U.S. Network Security Markets End User Perceptions 2006
Frost & Sullivan, February 2007, Pages: 101
This Frost & Sullivan research titled U.S. Network Security Markets End User Perceptions 2006 provides end-user input into network security spending, prioritization of technologies, and vendors in the network security market. Through the survey, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts examine budgets and policies, attack concerns, purchasing influences, e-mail, IM, and others related topics.
Expert Frost & Sullivan analysts thoroughly examine the following market sectors in this research:
- Network security
- Enterprise communication
The following technologies are covered in this research:
- Intrusion prevention system (IPS)
- Security information management (SIM)
1 U.S. NETWORK SECURITY END USER PERCEPTIONS (2006)
U.S. Network Security End User Perceptions (2006)
Introduction and Methodology
Budgets & Policies
Remote Desktop Issues
Network Security Technology Adoption
E-mail and VoIP
End-User Perception of Network Security Varies Significantly
End users’ perception of network security continues to evolve, with companies increasingly concentrating on securing technologies such as VOIP and IM. However, most respondents reported traditional security technologies such as firewall and antivirus as their top spending priorities. There are a number of differences between the largest and the smallest enterprises with regard to security knowledge. While larger enterprises take security more seriously and spend substantial amounts of money on it, smaller organizations are still very price sensitive.
However, in general, security budgets are expanding and end users are demanding more functionality out of their security products. From conventional security technologies such as antivirus and firewalls to more recent technologies such as intrusion prevention system (IPS) and security information management (SIM), organizations are considering their security posture more seriously than ever before. This is primarily due to business policy enforcement and regulatory compliance that strongly influence an organization’s network security policy.
With Large Budgets for Maintenance, Organizations Show Interest in Self-Healing Products
The study reveals a number of interesting correlations between organizations’ security priorities and budgeting. Businesses appear to be buying products that are likely to enable their business process rather than implementing new technologies recommended by vendors or integrators. "While several respondents noted an interest in innovative security solutions, the bulk of most organizational budgets is being spent on traditional products and maintenance," cites the analyst of this research service. There are cases where even the largest enterprises are being short-sighted, as evidenced by the large portion of budget being spent on maintenance.
"The large percent of budget allocated to maintenance eats into new products’ budgets and shows an area that vendors could improve upon," says the analyst. "As business and organizational needs greatly influence the demand for security, vendors must focus on delivering technologies related to securing business functions and address real world business problems rather than perceived risks."