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Worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach more than $114 billion in 2018, an increase of 12.4% from last year, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc. In 2019, the market is forecast to grow 8.7% to $124 billion.

"Security leaders are striving to help their organisations securely use technology platforms to become more competitive and drive growth for the business," said Siddharth Deshpande, research director at Gartner. "Persisting skills shortages and regulatory changes like the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are driving continued growth in the security services market."

A 2017 Gartner survey revealed that the top three drivers for security spending are (1) security risks; (2) business needs; and (3) industry changes. Privacy concerns are also becoming a key factor. Gartner believes privacy concerns will drive at least 10% of market demand for security services through 2019 and will impact a variety of segments, such as identity and access management (IAM), identity governance and administration (IGA) and data loss prevention (DLP).

Mr Deshpande said highly publicised data breaches, like the recent attack on SingHealth that compromised the personal health records of 1.5 million patients in Singapore, reinforce the need to view sensitive data and IT systems as critical infrastructure.

"Security and risk management has to be a critical part of any digital business initiative," he said.

An increased focus on building detection and response capabilities, privacy regulations such as GDPR, and the need to address digital business risks are the main drivers for global security spending through 2019 (see Table 1).

Table 1

Worldwide Security Spending by Segment, 2017-2019 (Millions of US Dollars)

Market Segment

2017

2018

2019

Application Security

2,434

2,742

3,003

Cloud Security

185

304

459

Data Security

2,563

3,063

3,524

Identity Access Management

8,823

9,768

10,578

Infrastructure Protection

12,583

14,106

15,337

Integrated Risk Management

3,949

4,347

4,712

Network Security Equipment

10,911

12,427

13,321

Other Information Security Software

1,832

2,079

2,285

Security Services

52,315

58,920

64,237

Consumer Security Software

5,948

6,395

6,661

 Total

101,544

114,152

124,116

Source: Gartner (August 2018)

Gartner has identified key trends affecting information security spending in 2018-2019, including:

At least 30% of organisations will spend on GDPR-related consulting and implementation services through 2019.

Organisations are continuing their journey toward compliance with the GDPR that has been in effect since 25th May 2018. Implementing, assessing and auditing the business processes related to the GDPR are expected to be the core focus of security service spending for EU-based organisations, and for those whose customers and employees reside there.

Risk management and privacy concerns within digital transformation initiatives will drive additional security service spending through 2020 for more than 40% of organisations.

Consulting and implementation service providers have retooled their service offerings over the past several years to support customers on their digital transformation journey. Security is a key factor in the uptake of that transformation process for regulated data, critical operations and intellectual property protection spanning public cloud, SaaS and the use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Services (subscription and managed) will represent at least 50% of security software delivery by 2020.

Security as a service is on the way to surpassing on-premises deployments, and hybrid deployments are enticing buyers. A large portion of respondents to Gartner’s security buying behaviour survey said they plan to deploy specific security technologies, such as security information and event management (SIEM), in a hybrid deployment model in the next two years. Managed services represented roughly 24% of deployments, on average.

"On-premises deployments are still the most popular, but cloud-delivered security is becoming the preferred delivery model for a number of technologies," said Mr Deshpande.

VP and Gartner Fellow, Tom Scholtz, will provide further analysis on security trends as part of digital transformation at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo taking place in Cape Town from 17 to 19 September.

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