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Nov 10 2011   7:41PM GMT

Gartner: Security services boom anticipated

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Market research firm Gartner is predicting that spending for security services will mushroom not just this year, but between now and 2015.

Of particular interest to managed service providers should be the fact that the managed portion of the security services pie is slated to almost double during that timeframe — from $8 billion to $14.9 billion by 2015. That $14.9 billion is part of an overall projected spending pie of $49.1 billion across the entire security services market by 2015, according to the Gartner report (“Forecast: Security Service Market, Worldwide, 2011″).

Gartner research director Lawrence Pingree said:

“[The uptick in managed security services] is largest driven by organizations looking at managed security services (MSS) providers as a way to maximize resources and lower ongoing operationg expenditures on security. Demand in the small and midsize business segments is also high as businesses continue looking to external parties to provide them with additional security expertise and resources that they may be lacking organizationally to help them make the right security decisions or provide security functions externally.”

North America was listed as the biggest market for security services spending. Revenue is expected to top $14.6 billion in 2012, growing to $19 billion by 2015. Those figures are for the overall security services marketing, which includes consulting, development and integration, management, software support, and hardware maintenance and support.

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