IDC Examines Federal IT Spending, Intell Budget Landscape; Shawn McCarthy Comments

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IT spendingResearch firm IDC has released two new forecasts regarding growth in U.S. federal spending on information technology and security and the intelligence budget landscape through 2017.

The Business Strategy: U.S. Federal Government IT Security Spending Forecast and Market Outlook report projects overall IT security spending to reach more than $7.3 billion in 2017, up from $5.9 billion in 2012, IDC said Wednesday.

Shawn McCarthy, research director at IDC Government Insights, said federal agencies are looking at the impact of cloud platform migration on their IT security posture and are finding increased popularity of unified threat management services.

“In fact, we anticipate that federal UTM spending will rise from $213.8 million in 2012 to over $541.4 million in 2017,” added McCarthy.

Staff salaries represent between 85 percent and 91 percent of overall IT spending, the report says.

IDC also predicts IT staffing spending to grow $6.2 billion by 2017, firewall to $249.6 million, UTM to $541.4 million, detection and prevention to $226.3 million and virtual private network to $80.9 million.

A second report titled Perspective: The U.S. Intelligence Budget Landscape – With IT Segmentation and Budget Forecast predicts the National Security Agency’s annual budget for computing technologies to more than 30 percent by 2017.

IDC Government Insights also forecasts several types of IT services to account for nearly 22.5 percent of the black intelligence budget and total intelligence spending to grow by 18.8 percent between 2013 and 2017.

Intelligence IT spending is projected to rise by 33.6 percent and counterterrorism programs will account for 33 percent of intelligence spending by 2017, according to IDC.

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