Spending is going up both in real dollars, and in security-as--percentage-of-IT, with about half of the companies planning to commit $50,000 to $100,000 to IT security over the next year. A quarter of the companies are committing up to ten percent of total IT dollars to security; a smaller number are moving toward 15 percent security expenditures.
What's prompting the upped spending? About what you'd expect -- concerns about intrusions and unauthorized access, as well as new expenditures to cover the wider use of wireless and mobile devices.
One hopeful note: 60 percent of the respondents were devoting at least some of the spending to ongoing vulnerability assessment and testing -- exactly the sort of aggressive approach to looking at the network as well as the beasties trying to compromise it that is essential to effective security practices.
So: how do you -- and your budget -- fit into this picture?