IDC Launches a New Program Covering the Information Security Marketplace

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JULY 5, 2000 – Dedicated to providing its clients with the most insightful market research available in the industry, IDC today announced the launch of a new research practice focused exclusively on the emerging information security marketplace. According to IDC, concerns within the executive ranks about enterprise security are increasing with every high-profile hacking or virus incident. Information Security Services (ISS), IDC's new dedicated research practice, is designed to help clients navigate the landscape of a highly complex, yet rapidly expanding industry in which external spending is expected to reach $2.3 billion worldwide by 2003.


"The U.S. and worldwide market for security consulting, implementation, and infrastructure monitoring and management services is highly attractive, but at the same time it is experiencing enormous change that is being driven to a large degree by nimble start-up organizations," said Richard Dean, program manager for IDC's Information Security Services research. "With favorable market conditions, a number of well-funded new entrants have appeared in 2000 looking to develop their brands and earn a seat at the information security services table. And in many cases, because their relatively small size is their biggest asset, they are successful often at the expense of much larger competitors."

IDC's Information Security Services research program will examine organizational structure, performance metrics, partnerships, security tools and technologies, specialized training, and selling and marketing models that will be most effective in today's market.

Additionally, the new program will analyze the opportunities and competitive dynamics within the information security services marketplace. It will discuss topics such as information security consulting services, information security implementation services, security training and education services, and competitive positioning of service providers competing within this market.

The program will publish a number of major market studies, including:

· U.S. Network Security Services Market Review and Forecast, 1997-2004

· 2000 Information Security Services: A Competitive Segmentation and Analysis

· Leading Vendor Security Consulting and Implementation Strategies for the eBusiness Marketplace

· Trends in Security Consulting, Implementation, and Management Services for the Service Provider Marketplace

"The program will help IT services providers design and deploy a best-practices security process methodology that can help insulate their clients' heterogeneous IT infrastructures from various security threats existing in an ebusiness environment," Dean said. "With the content and guidance this program offers, ISS clients will be able to better position their services in the most lucrative global markets."

For more information on IDC's Information Security Services research program, please contact Natalye Alter at 508-935-4275, Lisa Bloom at 508-935-4236, or Beth Freedman at 508-935-4764.

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