Spending on information security products and services in India will reach USD1.5 billion in 2017 in constant currency terms, an increase of 12% over 2016, with spending expected to grow to USD1.7 billion in 2018, according to the latest forecast from Gartner.
Security services will continue to be the fastest growing segment, especially IT outsourcing, consulting and implementation services. However, hardware support services will see growth slowing, due to the adoption of virtual appliances, public cloud and software as a service (SaaS), which reduces some of the need for attached hardware support overall.
The strong growth of security services in India is due to the widespread skills shortages and proliferation of new security initiatives that several large organizations in India are engaging in. Many Indian enterprises are in their first or second iteration of creating and maturing their security program, meaning that they have a need for a wide range of security services to help build and grow their security processes and technologies. In particular, security monitoring and detection is a hot area for investment with organizations having to choose from a variety of architecture and delivery models that security services providers are offering.
"Rising awareness amongst CEOs and boards of directors about the business impact of security incidents, and an evolving regulatory landscape, have led to continued end user spending for security products and services,” said Siddharth Deshpande, principal research analyst at Gartner. “However, improving security maturity is not just about spending on new technologies. As witnessed in the recent spate of global security incidents, getting the basics right has never been more important. Organizations can improve their security posture significantly just by addressing basic security and risk related hygiene elements like threat centric vulnerability management, centralized log management, internal network segmentation, backups and system hardening among others."