Managing Complexity Still Top Security Challenge, Prompting Increase in Security Spend, According to Security Survey

U.S. companies plan to spend 12 percent of their IT budgets on security, Chinese companies expect to spend 19 percent

NEW YORK – July 16, 2007 – Managing the complexity of security continues to be the number one challenge for organizations around the globe, followed closely by preventing security breaches, enforcing security policies and spreading user awareness. These challenges have prompted plans for a significant increase in security spending in the coming year, according to a 2007 survey by Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and CMP Technology’s InformationWeek.

The tenth annual survey of nearly 3,000 IT professionals from the U.S. and China also revealed that the security challenges, plans and priorities of Chinese companies are aligning more closely with U.S organizations. Chinese companies are taking a more sophisticated approach to their security posture -- in fact, they expect to spend an average of 19 percent of their IT budgets on security, compared to 12 percent for U.S. organizations.

"Business Technology executives and security professionals still do not have their arms around the security issues despite current and planned increases in spending," said Rob Preston, Editor-in-Chief of InformationWeek. "The challenge is extremely complex and the need for information security literally everywhere, from computing devices to networks to applications, is only accelerating the challenge."

Survey highlights and trends include:

Organizations in the U.S. and China are spending more on information security yet it seems they are uncertain why,” said Dr. Alastair MacWillson, managing director of Accenture’s Security Practice. “Without fully understanding risk and its strategic impact and without systematically measuring value it is difficult to recognize how security can enable high performance.”

Threat Response and Risk Management

Compliance and Data Privacy

Security Responsibility

Security Vendors and Outsourcing


The Information Security Survey, an editorial research product of InformationWeek magazine and Accenture conducted online during May and June 2007, examined responses from 1,101 business technology and security professionals in the U.S. and 1,991 in China.

The U.S. sample is from the subscriber base of InformationWeek Magazine and its affiliates. The sample for China was supplied from the subscriber base of InformationWeek China.

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