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2019 Security Priorities Study


IDG’s third annual Security Priorities study was conducted to gain a better understanding of the various security projects that organizations are currently focused on and will be prioritizing in the coming year. The research also looks at the challenges that take IT and security executives away from their strategic responsibilities, as well as the factors that determine the priority of security spending. New to this year’s study, the research found that organizations’ primary security priority is to improve the protection of confidential and sensitive data (59%), followed by increasing security awareness programs and staff trainings (44%).

Key Takeaways:

  • Overall, 69% of organizations have a CISO, CSO or top security executive. This increases to 88% for enterprise organizations and decreases to 51% for SMBs.
  • Security budgets continue to rise, as 50% expect their security budget to increase in the next 12 months.
  • One-quarter (25%) of security budgets are expected to be allocated towards skilled staff, followed by tools and technology (23%) and infrastructure and equipment (22%) in the next 12 months.
  • Security related challenges forcing IT and security decision-makers to redirect their time away from strategic actives include meeting governance & compliance regulations, budgetary constraints, and employee awareness & cooperation issues.
  • 38% of security and IT decision-makers anticipate their spending in security awareness & evaluations to increase over the next year.
  • Organizations are actively researching Zero Trust technologies (47%), deception technology (40%) and behavior monitoring & analysis (39%) as a part of their security strategy.


For additional information on this study, view the excerpt below:

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