Which businesses are leading IT security in Asia?

As the demand for IT security rises, different regions will respond to concerns in their own way. A recent review of IDC highlights how Asia/Pacific is responding.


As the third platform of IT technologies (mobile, cloud computing and big data) spreads throughout businesses worldwide, security services and methods need to adapt and evolve alongside them.

Without the added security, businesses face unnecessary risk that could impact their success in the market. Jobseekers need to be aware of these trends, and how risk prevention is shaping the IT industry.

For those looking for work in the Asia/Pacific region, IDC has released details of the companies it believes are best managing these threats and contributing to a safer industry as a whole.

IDC names security leaders

In its recent MarketScape report, IDC investigated the firms it believed to be most prominent in the managed security services market. Out of the 16 notable contenders in this market, IDC narrowed it down to five that it considered to be ‘leaders’ in their field.

The chosen companies were selected not only by their current services in the industry, but also by their potential for future success. In an industry that is developing constantly, future plans are arguably more important than a firm’s current capabilities.

According to IDC, the five leaders of the managed security services market are NTT Communications, IBM, Computer Sciences Corporation, Verizon and HP.

“IDC has also observed the growing prominence of cyber security as a key topic in business conversations,” said Research Manager in the Services and Cloud Research Group, Cathy Huang.

“We acknowledge that while CIOs demand security management that is effective, usable and affordable, its integration with their fast-changing IT infrastructure has become a more important requirement.”

Is this a global trend?

While the above firms are leading the way in the Asia/Pacific region, there is also a global focus to these trends. As businesses become more aware of security demands, the rest of the industry needs to react to the demand.

According to Gartner, there was significant growth in the amount of spending on security software in 2014. In 2013, US$20.3 billion was spent on security software, a figure that grew by 5.3 per cent to $21.4 billion over the course of last year.

This also represents a higher rate of growth, as the change between 2012 and 2013 was just under the 5 per cent mark.

“As organisations’ corporate data traffic becomes more exposed to the Internet and moves out of the control of traditional network security boundaries, SWG [secure web gateway] technologies continue to be an important piece of the overall security technology strategy of most enterprises,” explained Principal Research Analyst Sid Deshpande.