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Based on interviews with around 7,000 senior IT executives, Ovum’s ICT Enterprise Insights (ICTEI) program answers key questions concerning enterprises’ needs at a country and industry level. This brief focuses on the top findings for the IT security industry.


  • Ovum's 2017 ICT Enterprise Insights survey shows that network security is the top investment priority for the coming year, as companies seek to strengthen their defences against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
  • Our survey also reveals scope for cloud-based identity services, as ever more companies address the needs of remote users (employees, partners, and customers) to access cloud-based applications.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies the emerging requirements of the IT security industry globally.
  • Analyzes top findings from Ovum's ICT Enterprise Insights program for the IT security industry.

Key questions answered

  • What are the top security concerns for IT decision-makers over the next 18 months?
  • What are enterprises’ IT security spending priorities for 2017?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Boom in cyber-attacks drives spend on network security, identity services, and data protection

  • Network security is the top investment priority for 2017
  • The survey reveals scope for cloud-based identity services
  • Protecting data outstrips endpoint/mobile as an investment area for the coming year

Ovum's ICT Enterprise Insights program

  • IT and communications insight by line of business


  • Methodology
  • Author

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