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Spending On Information Security Continues To Outpace The Rest Of Corporate IT

Thirty-seven percent of security pros are planning an increase in spend
NEW YORK, November 17, 2011 – TheInfoPro, a division of leading analyst and data company The 451 Group, recently released the findings from its bi-annual study of the Information Security market, where the source of the data is in-depth, one-on-one interviews with over 150 decision-makers in the Global 2000. Key findings include:

Information Security spend is strong with many diverse drivers:

- Directionally for 2012, Information Security Professionals are not planning a slowdown. Thirty-seven percent are planning an increase in spend, with 16% planning a decrease.

- Thirty-nine percent are spending more in 2011 vs. 2010, and only 15% are spending less – showing the resiliency of the market in challenging economic times.

- In the one-on-one interviews, decision-makers detailed compliance, mobile devices and preventing data loss as the drivers for spending increases.

Data Leakage Prevention (DLP) and Application-Aware Firewalls are products on the move:

- Data Leakage Prevention (DLP) resides in the top spot of TheInfoPro’s proprietary Information Security Technology Heat Index™, which gauges immediacy of planned implementation for 40 technologies, as the G2000 look to protect custodial and intellectual property data from leaking out of their environment. The traditional antivirus vendors, Symantec (SYMC) and Intel’s (INTC) McAfee, look to benefit with rollouts of both endpoint and network DLP on tap.

- Application-Aware Firewalls make a nice jump in the Heat Index, with Palo Alto and Check Point (CHKP) benefiting from the 28% of in-plan implementations. Palo Alto will be a vendor to watch as it is beginning to replace some of the major incumbent providers with its application-visibility-based approach.

The Information Security study was led by newly appointed Research Director Daniel Kennedy. “Information Security spending is very solid in 2011, and looks to remain that way for 2012. It is not difficult to see why, as significant data breaches in the last few years have never been far from the front page. In addition, environmental complexity continues to increase, including the effects of virtualization and cloud implementations, and consumer IT starts to drive enterprise IT requirements, especially in the mobile computing space,” cites Kennedy.

Prior to joining TheInfoPro, Kennedy was a Partner in the information security consultancy Praetorian Security, LLC, where he directed strategy on risk assessment and security certification. Before that, he was Global Head of Information Security for D.B. Zwirn & Co. (now Fortress Investment Group), as well as Vice President of Application Security and Development Manager at Pershing LLC, a division of the Bank of New York.

About TheInfoPro Information Security Study

The Information Security study is completed biannually and is based on hour-long interviews with Information Security decision-makers at large enterprises in North America.

The study focuses on large enterprises: technology roadmaps, vendor performance, forward-looking spending plans, top projects, pain points and organizational metrics. This most recent study had a particular focus on the impact of virtualization, cloud and mobile devices on an organization’s security efforts. A sampling of vendors covered in the Vendor Performance and Technology Roadmap components of the study include: Cisco (CSCO), Check Point (CHKP), Juniper Networks (JNPR), Rapid7, WhiteHat Security, Websense (WBSN), Sourcefire (FIRE), Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet (FTNT), Oracle (ORCL), Dell (DELL), EMC (EMC), Microsoft (MSFT), Blue Coat (BCSI), Trend Micro, Sophos, HP (HPQ) and FireEye. For additional information, or to order this report, please contact [email protected]

About TheInfoPro

TheInfoPro is a division of The 451 Group and a leading advisory and research firm that provides real-world perspectives on the customer and market dynamics of the information technology landscape. Using a unique research methodology that harnesses the collective knowledge and insights of leading IT organizations worldwide, TheInfoPro serves as a conduit between IT decision-makers, technology providers and institutional investors. To learn more, visit http://www.theinfopro.com or email [email protected]

About The 451 Group

The 451 Group is a leading technology-industry analyst and data company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. The company provides critical and timely insight into the market and competitive dynamics of innovation in emerging technology segments.

Clients of the company – at vendor, investor, service-provider and end-user organizations – rely on The 451 Group’s insight to support both strategic and tactical decision-making. The 451 Group is headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations, including San Francisco, Washington DC, London, Boston, Seattle and Denver.

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