IT providers face a challenge to set up their own hacker outfits. It may have required the public evisceration of Target and Sony Pictures, but it is finally possible to talk about information security in an Australian pub. It might seem odd that a global industry worth just shy of US$100 billion globally wasn’t already a point of discussion, but cyber security is not your average industry. It is a complex, shadowy sister of consumer tech, better known for its criminals than its champions. It’s not only reached the pub – it’s also a big topic for the boardroom. Security is a true priority for management. Many CEOs are now approaching their tech providers to ask, “What are we doing about hackers?” This may help to explain why data from Gartner in November pegged industry spend to be worth US$91 billion by year’s end and US$116 billion by 2019. Gartner predicts spend in the security services industry, including consulting, hardware support, implementation and outsourcing, will trip US$55 billion in 2016 and US$73 billion by 2019. With so much money at stake, it is no surprise resellers have read the tea leaves and are making forays into the cyber security sector. […]
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