MENA Information Security Spending to Reach $1.3 Billion in 2016, Gartner Says

By-the-numbers-backdropMiddle East and North Africa (MENA) spending on information security technology and services is on pace to reach US$1.3 billion in 2016, an increase of 8 percent over 2015, according to Gartner, Inc.

Increased awareness about the business impact of security incidents is causing organizations to focus their security strategy on detection and response approaches, which is driving this strong growth in the security market.

Greg Young, research vice president at Gartner, provided the latest outlook for the information security industry today at theGartner Security and Risk Management Summit, which is taking place here October 31 – November 1.

“Enterprises in MENA are the targets of some of the world’s most advanced attacks, as well as the highest rate of attacks. Organizations are trying to increase detection, blocking, and advanced defenses while faced with limited availability in the security workforce,” said Mr. Young. “Large organizations in the Middle East and North Africa continue to invest in building out security operations capabilities either in house or by leveraging external services offered by managed security services providers (MSSPs). I’m encouraged by the regional security cooperation as evidenced through standards and CERT coordination.”

Gartner recommends that organizations recognize the inevitable adoption of cloud and virtual IT and shift their defenses to an adaptive security architecture. Organizations should look for, and secure, shadow IT whereby IT has been adopted outside the normal IT procurement and management processes.

“Targeted attacks, ransomware, and denial of service attacks are the most relevant threats to enterprises today, however, they are enabled by failing patch vulnerabilities and overloading security personnel with alerts,” said Mr. Young.

Other trends in the information security market that form assumptions behind Gartner’s latest forecast include:

  • By 2019, 30 percent of large enterprises will increase their security consulting services spending as they transition into digital business.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) and mobility security will contribute less than 5 percent of consumer security software spending by 2018.
  • By year-end 2018, over 50 percent of IoT device manufacturers will remain unable to address product threats emanating from weak authentication practices.
  • 99.9 percent of attacks will be based on product vulnerabilities that were known for at least a year


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Jeff Edwards is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering Identity Management, SIEM, Endpoint Protection, and Cybersecurity writ large.He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and previously worked as a reporter covering Boston City Hall.
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