Research Snapshot - A corporate view of Reviewing IT Security
Vanson Bourne, Summer 2013Interviews with 100 IT decision-makers from organisations with more than1,000 employees, across a range of commercial sectors in the UKResearch snapshot –A corporate view ofReviewing IT Security
How much are organisations spending on IT security?Source: Vanson BourneAmount organisations are spending on security, as a percentage of their overall IT budgetOn averageorganisationsare spendingjust 8% oftheir overall ITbudget onsecurity65% oforganisationshaveincreasedtheir ITsecurityspendcompared tothree yearsago…… whilst ITspendhasdecreasedfor anaverage of7% oforganisations
But how many organisations are reviewing their IT security?Source: Vanson Bourneof organisations have aformal process for reviewingtheir security protocols andsecurity providers/partnersof organisations do nothave a formal process forreviewing either theirsecurity protocols orsecurity providers/partnersOrganisations with a formal process for reviewing their security protocols and security providers/partnersDoes your IT organisation have a formal process for reviewing security protocolsand security providers/partners?Security protocolsand securityproviders/partnersNeitherSecurityproviders/partners onlySecurityprotocols only8.3%7.1% 7.3% 7.3%Organisations who have aformal process for reviewingtheir security protocols andsecurity providers/partnersare spending more of theirIT budget on security
Source: Vanson BourneFrequency of formal review process for reviewing security protocols and security providers/partnersAnd how frequently is IT security being reviewed?On averageorganisations arereviewing their securityprotocols and securityproviders/partnersevery 7 monthsOne quarter oforganisations arecarrying out the reviewon a quarterly basis ormore frequentlyThree in ten organisations withincreased spend on IT security reviewtheir security protocols andproviders/partners on at least a quarterlybasis. This compares to almost one in sixorganisations who have not increasedtheir IT security spend31%14%IT securityreviewIncreased spend on ITsecurityNot increased spend onIT security
Source: Vanson BourneOrganisations who feel that their employees regard security as the top priority when it comes to use of ITFinally, to what extent is IT security a priority?When it comes to IT use, less than onequarter of organisations feel thatsecurity is regarded by employees as thetop prioritySecurity protocolsand securityproviders/partnersNeitherSecurityproviders/partners onlySecurityprotocols only31%15% 20% 0%Although organisations who have aformal process for reviewing theirsecurity protocols and securityproviders/partners are most likelyto prioritise IT security, only threein ten employees within thiscategory regard it as a priority
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Research snapshot –A corporate view ofReviewing IT SecurityVanson Bourne, Summer 2013
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