Federal IT Security Spending Grows, With CIA in Lead: IDC
Currently, about 40 percent of IT staffing for security management goes to contractors. That percentage is expected to hit about 60 percent by 2017.Overall federal IT security spending will rise from $5.9 billion in 2012 to more than $7.3 billion in 2017, and overall security spending has been trickling upward at an average rate of about 4 percent per year, according to two concurrent reports released by IT research firm IDC. The firm expects to see steady long-term growth for security spending between now and 2017, with staffing growing to $6.2 billion by 2017, firewall spending growing to $249.6 million, unified threat management growing to $541.4 million, intrusion detection and prevention growing to $226.3 million, and virtual private network spending growing to $80.9 million. Currently, about 40 percent of IT staffing for security management goes to contractors—that percentage is expected to grow to about 60 percent by 2017, as more government IT services move into the cloud. The report also noted most IT security spending goes toward staff salaries, because security scanning and proactive mitigation efforts still have a heavy manual component, with people needed to set configuration and to make decisions when threats are detected.
A second report, which looked at U.S. intelligence budget landscape, found many government agencies spend an average of 4.5 percent to 6.7 percent of their total annual budget on IT solutions.