CIOs lose faith in security outsourcing: global survey

Only 7 per cent considering outsourcing, down from 18 per cent

CIOs are feeling increasingly uneasy about outsourcing security and are looking at in-house solutions, according to a recent survey.

A telephone survey of some 500 CIOs worldwide by market research company Ovum found that only 7 per cent are planning to outsource their security and IT systems management over the next six months to two years.

Ovum senior analyst, Rhonda Ascierto, sees a lack of confidence as one reason why the number of CIOs in favour of outsourcing has dropped from 18 per cent.

“The main reason for this shift away from IT security is most likely a lack of confidence. Organisations are now more subject to compliance considerations in the form of both formal external and internal policy-driven requirements,” Ascierto said in a statement.

The anonymous survey was completed by CIOs across all industries, and while Ascierto could not be specific about the CIOs involved, she did say the security concerns are widespread.

“Unease over outsourced security is occurring across organisations of all sizes, most notably with larger ones with more than 1000 employees, but also among SMBs,” Ascierto told CIO.

The findings come despite Ovum predictions that total enterprise expenditure will “rise modestly in 2010 for the first time since the global economic downturn”.

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