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Survey of network administrators sees increase in IT security budgets this year

According to findings from the seventh annual "What Keeps Network Administrators Up at Night" survey of 353 ne...


May 12, 2010  


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According to findings from the seventh annual “What Keeps Network Administrators Up at Night” survey of 353 network administrators commissioned by VanDyke Software and executed by Amplitude Research, nearly one-third (30%) of the respondents reported that they are seeing an increase in their company’s IT security budget for 2010 as compared to 2009 when only 15% were seeing an increase.

 

Conversely, this year 20% were seeing a decrease in their IT security budget versus one-third (33%) in 2009 who reported a decrease.

 

More than half of this year’s survey respondents (57%) felt that their organization has budgeted sufficiently to support current information security needs, a result similar to findings from 2009 (54%).

 

In terms of staffing, 17% were seeing an increase in the size of their IT security staff for 2010 as compared to 2009, while 12% were seeing a decrease. Among the 12% seeing a decrease in security staffing, nearly eight-in-10(79%) attributed it to reductions in sales or profits, or economic uncertainty.