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IT departments are facing an increasingly varied and growing number of threats, and they are responding to that challenge, in part, by increasing IT security outsourcing in the coming year.
The recently released Computer Economics IT Outsourcing Statistics 2016/2017 study finds that a majority of IT departments surveyed were planning on increasing the amount that they plan to outsource IT security.
As shown in Figure 6 from the study, we present the net growth trend, ranking the functions by the percentage of organizations that plan to increase the amount of work they outsource minus the percentage that plan to decrease the amount of work they outsource for each function. IT security leads the way with a net of 59% of organizations planning to increase outsourcing of this function.
Perhaps just as telling for the growth of the IT security outsourcing outlook is that no organizations reported planning a decrease in the amount they were outsourcing. “As threat vectors change and become more sophisticated, more specialized skills are required to protect an organization,” said David Wagner, vice president of research for Computer Economics, Irvine, Calif. “Also, many organizations are changing strategies from primarily threat prevention to threat detection which requires another skill set. IT departments are responding to this need for a wide variety of specialized skills by outsourcing more.”
Here are other key findings from our IT Outsourcing Statistics study this year: