Security spend is strong Down Under

Consumer technology continues to spread into the corporate world

The Australia and New Zealand security solutions market reached more than $US1 billion in 2007 and is set to continue to grow at a CAGR of 11.8 per cent to reach more than $US2 billion by 2012, according to IDC.

While enterprises across Australia are spending on security, are they spending wisely and future-proofing their IT security investments?

"Traditionally, new technology adoption starts at the workplace, spreading across corporations before filtering out to consumers who then adopt the technology for their personal use. Today consumer technology is fast outpacing enterprise computing, with popular consumer software and gadgetry creeping into the corporate world," said IDC analyst Patrik Bihammar.

"With popular gadgets like iPhones, iPods and Blackberries becoming commonplace and Web 2.0 technology like Wikis, RSS feeds, blogs, social networking, and other interactive technologies infiltrating the workplace, the risk of security breaches and data leakage are now greater than ever before, introducing waves of security implications that are fast becoming a real threat never before faced by IT managers," Bihammar added.

Len Rust is publisher of

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