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  • 19 November 2003 15:01

2003 IT Security Budgets Increased Despite Flat Overall Spending, Says META Group

2003 IT Security Budgets Increased Despite Flat Overall Spending, Says META Group

Report Shows 66% of Companies Spent More on Security and Little Else

SYDNEY, Australia. (November 19, 2003)  Despite tight spending, a complacent economy, and the perceived commoditisation of IT, 66% of surveyed companies made room in their 2003 IT budgets to dedicate more financial resources to security programs and little else, according to META Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: METG). This year, companies spent an average of 8.2% of their total IT budgets on security, up from 7.6% in 2002 and only 3.2% in 2001, according to new findings from META Group’s 2004 Worldwide IT Benchmark Report, which launches today. These security programs primarily emphasised employee education, business continuity, and disaster recovery. Security professionals agree that current employees still pose the biggest threat to companies’ technology infrastructures, and their biggest concern is malicious attacks from viruses and unauthorised access to systems. “Aside from security spending, we also saw an increase in development activity,” said META Group executive vice president and author of the 2004 Worldwide IT Benchmark Report, Dr. Howard Rubin. “Because of tightened budgets, more emphasis was placed on integrating and extending existing applications rather than implementing new packaged applications.” Surveyed CIOs report the reason spending was so tight in 2003 is due to weak profits and current financial conditions. A substantial number say that IT infrastructure and capacity are currently sufficient, so only limited spending is required. In general, however, there is optimism that investment will increase in 2004, especially in the insurance and manufacturing sectors. “We expect insurance and manufacturing companies to see significant gains in IT spending,” said Rubin. “These are the sectors where we have seen the most efficient and effective cost-cutting measures in the last three years. These companies are positioned to take advantage of new opportunities because they have become more agile during the lean years.”

About the Report Since 1995, the Worldwide IT Benchmark Report has been the definitive source of IT performance and productivity data for Global 2000 organisations. Each year, data is compiled from the thousands of organisations around the world that are subjects of META Group benchmarking engagements or participants in targeted industry surveys. The result is the most comprehensive and authoritative source on IT spending and performance data in the industry. The data was collected via a survey of 35 countries, combined with the Worldwide Benchmark database, which contains detailed, quantitative survey data collected on an ongoing basis from a panel of more than 1,600 IT professionals. The 2004 edition contains comprehensive facts and data on: • IT performance and productivity • Budgets and spending • IT investment and spending priorities • IT portfolio management metrics • Ratios, comparisons, and correlations • And much more

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