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IT security investment growing among Asia-Pacific SMBs

Posted: 26 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:network firewall? IT security investment? Asia-Pacific SMBs?

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) will spend $2.8 billion on IT security across the Asia Pacific next year, up 26 percent over 2007, according to a study by AMI-Partners. The four key markets in the region!Australia, South Korea, India and China!will account for more than 75 percent of Asia's total security investment in 2008, with China alone accounting for over 33 percent of the total investment.

"Nearly 25 percent of the total investment will continue to remain in traditional security areas such as antivirus, anti-spam and anti-phishing software," says Nishant Dave, AMI research director for the Asia-Pacific. "However, this only forms the first layer of basic protection that SMBs in the region are considering from a security point of view. SMBs in the region are now looking at expanding the domain of their security investments to match the scale of their current IT infrastructure and their expansion plans."

As SMBs evolve from building the basic IT infrastructure to deploying technologies that enable intra-enterprise connectivity!servers, Websites and high-speed broadband!they will increasingly look at setting up network-based security solutions. These will involve deploying network firewalls, improving email security, document access control and encryption-enabling solutions.

"More than 200,000 new SMBs across the Asia-Pacific will deploy a network firewall solution in 2008 in a bid to protect their evolved IT infrastructure," Dave notes.

The next leap
Among the four key countries, many SMBs in mature markets such as Australia and South Korea have moved beyond deploying intra-enterprise connectivity. They are now eyeing the next leap toward extending their businesses!to their suppliers, partners and customers, said AMI.

"Deploying enterprise applications such as an enterprise resource planning, collaborative applications and enhancing communication systems form a key investment priority to enable their business transformation," Dave says. These SMBs, having installed point solutions for security, are now looking at holistic security solutions which can scale up to their increasing infrastructure requirements, as well as expanding business units and branches.

Medium businesses are looking for enhanced security services. These will help medium businesses assess the vulnerability of their current infrastructure, as well as help them deploy security solutions to match their needs from both a current and planned growth perspective. As assessment of operational risk gains importance in a volatile economic environment, medium businesses will look at deploying enterprise-class security solutions that can scale as their business grows.

"Security spending by medium businesses in China and India is on track to grow by more than 25 percent next year," Dave says. "Medium businesses in both mature and emerging markets will remain the sweet spot of advanced IT security solutions spend in 2008."

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