Companies bring IT security back in-house

28 May 2010

28 May 2010 | Steve Still

IT research firm Ovum has found that ‘uneasy’ firms are increasingly looking to bring IT in-house in a bid to regain control over security issues.

A global survey by the independent technology analyst has found that less than half the number of companies from last year are looking to outsource their IT management systems.

Security fears, following the banking collapse and a number of high-profile financial scandals, have made chief information officers jittery and keen to return their services in-house, according a senior analyst.

Rhonda Ascierto, senior analyst at Ovum, said the planned reduction in IT outsourcing was one of the most striking trends uncovered by the survey.

She said: “The main reason for this shift away from IT security outsourcing is most likely a lack of confidence. Organisations are now more subject to compliance considerations in the form of both formal external and internal policy-driven requirements, particularly in the wake of the US banking controversies and other financial scandals.”

Of more than 500 senior officers surveyed, only 7 per cent said they were considering outsourcing IT security over the next two years, down from 18 per cent last year.

Ascierto added: “Some may find it difficult to obtain a measurable security metric from an outsourced provider because security is often reported only after negative security occurrences. If security is not breached then there is nothing to report.

“The reversal of outsourcing security is also likely to be due to some organisations grappling for more control over their IT operations, of which security is a central aspect.”

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