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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 31, 2016

Gartner Says Middle East & North Africa Information Security Spending to Reach US$1.3 Billion in 2016

Analysts Discuss Security Trends at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, October 31 - November 1, in Dubai

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) spending on information security technology and services is on pace to reach US$1.3 billion in 2016, an increase of 8 percent over 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. 

Increased awareness about the business impact of security incidents is causing organizations to focus their security strategy on detection and response approaches, which is driving this strong growth in the security market.  

Greg Young, research vice president at Gartner, provided the latest outlook for the information security industry today at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, which is taking place here October 31 - November 1.

"Enterprises in MENA are the targets of some of the world’s most advanced attacks, as well as the highest rate of attacks. Organizations are trying to increase detection, blocking, and advanced defenses while faced with limited availability in the security workforce," said Mr. Young. "Large organizations in the Middle East and North Africa continue to invest in building out security operations capabilities either in house or by leveraging external services offered bymanaged security services providers (MSSPs). I’m encouraged by the regional security cooperation as evidenced through standards and CERT coordination."

Gartner recommends that organizations recognize the inevitable adoption of cloud and virtual IT and shift their defenses to an adaptive security architecture. Organizations should look for, and secure, shadow IT whereby IT has been adopted outside the normal IT procurement and management processes.

"Targeted attacks, ransomware, and denial of service attacks are the most relevant threats to enterprises today, however they are enabled by failing patch vulnerabilities and overloading security personnel with alerts," said Mr. Young.

Other trends in the information security market that form assumptions behind Gartner’s latest forecast include: 

  • By 2019, 30 percent of large enterprises will increase their security consulting services spending as they transition into digital business.


  • The Internet of Things (IoT) and mobility security will contribute less than 5 percent of consumer security software spending by 2018. 


  • By year-end 2018, over 50 percent of IoT device manufacturers will remain unable to address product threats emanating from weak authentication practices.


  • 99.9 percent of attacks will be based on product vulnerabilities that were known for at least a year

The latest forecast for information security is available to Gartner clients in the report ‘Forecast: Information Security, Worldwide, 2014-2020, 2Q16 Update


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