Cost control also remains in the priority list
Majority (89%) of IT Directors view IT security as crucial to their company’s success in 2010, according to a research from Juniper Networks.
The research also suggests that there is a link between this view of security as a business imperative and those companies that met or exceeded their financial targets in 2009.
The survey, commissioned by Juniper Networks and conducted by Loudhouse, an independent research consultancy on 500 IT decision-makers in medium-to-large enterprises across the state of enterprise networks in Europe, shows majority of respondents also indicate that to sustain competitive advantage through 2010 they believe they need to maintain a focus on delivering a high-performance network for their business.
However, cost control was also one of the top priorities for 2010, with 56% rating it as a key objective. This figure is higher among those who either exceeded or met their financial targets (57%) than those who mostly missed them (51%).
According to Juniper networks, the survey points towards an increasing focus on network cost, with OPEX now a focus for 73% compared to 66% in 2008. The emphasis on capital expenditure (CAPEX) as a priority also increased from 61% to 67% although those changes were seen largely among French and German respondents, while data from the UK, remained relatively unchanged.
Gert-Jan Schenk, senior vice president of EMEA at Juniper Networks, said: “Security concerns will always be front of mind as threats to the network become more sophisticated and compliance more rigorous, but the solution is not going to be found in protecting old-style networks. It’s going to take a new approach, focusing on simplicity, mobility and openness throughout the network.”