From 22 percent in 2007, 18 percent of CIOs surveyed said they outsource IT security, and only seven percent plan to outsource in the next two years. This is based on a report recently released by market research firm Ovum.
Rhonda Ascierto, senior analyst at Ovum, said activity in IT security outsourcing slowed down in IT-related management aspects namely security, IT systems management, and content management. However, this drop does not necessarily mean that service providers cannot meet the needs of buyers. “This doesn’t translate into poor performance of outsourcers in this area - it’s quite feasible that a number of CIOs chose to cease outsourcing security during the downturn as a way to gain more control and flexibility over their IT operations at a time when their businesses faced considerable change and uncertainty,” Ascierto said.