451 Research's 2014 State of Security Report

IT Security Study Released

TheInfoPro/451 Research recently released a comprehensive IT Security Study, conducted in late 2013. Daniel Kennedy, research director for information security and networking at 451 Research, presented highlights of the study last week in a webinar. 
This is the 16th annual IT security study released by TheInfoPro. It not only covers a detailed review of key IT security industry trends, but also tracks individual vendor performance with industry leaders that include HP, Cisco, Intel, Check Point, Juniper Networks, FireEye, Symantec, F5 Networks, Dell, Palo Alto Networks, EMC and Microsoft. The study is based on hour-long individual interviews with key IT security decision-makers and technology professionals at large and medium sized organizations, primarily located in North America. This allows the collection of first-hand knowledge about the state of IT security, which makes for an extremely in-depth and informative study.
Study Overview
The main areas the study reviewed included IT security spending plans, tech road maps, market factors, basic vendor performance and “pain points” of IT security professionals.
One important trend from the research study shows a positive increase in security budget spending for 2014 and security compliance. Based on the data collected, 45% of those who participated in the study reported that their enter­prise would increase spending on security vs. only 11% of the participants who indicated a decrease for this year [1].
Additional important trends include data and cloud security, SIEM, MDM mobile device management, and whether or not a firm's information security department should be its own department outside of the IT department. We will delve further into different areas of this report in future blog posts.


Jacqueline von Ogden

Since 1999, Jacqueline has written for corporate communications, MarCom agencies, higher education, and worked within the pharmacy, steel and retail industries. Since joining the tech industry, she has found her "home".