Organisations that outsource Internet security services can expect cost savingsof between 25 to 50 per cent, Symantec vice president John Holland said thisweek.
Launching Symantec's hosted security services in Australia, Holland saidoutsourcing security is more cost effective because it is difficult forcompanies to source and maintain the necessary skill sets in-house.
"As IT infrastructure environments become more complex it becomes difficult fororganisations to maintain security policies and practices, which is why demandfor hosted services is expected to escalate over the next two years," he said.
IDC predicts the worldwide security services market will grow to more than$US17 billion in 2004 and Holland said the company is focusing on theenterprise space in Australia.
Two companies already utilising the service are Sanitarium and Chubb withagreements averaging two to three years.
The new service offers four key areas: implementation services to leveragebest-practices; consulting services which include policy development andincident response plans; education services which are certified programs; andsubscription-based managed services.