IDC: Privacy and Security Top Priorities for Western European Government Sector in 2013

According to a new study from IDC Government Insights, security and privacy are the top business and IT priorities for Western European governments in 2013. The study, which surveyed government IT and non-IT executives in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K., analyzes IT security adoption and investment plans including the impact of cloud computing and mobile on IT security for the Western European government sector.

“Governments should consider federated IAM policies and solutions to enable effective access to information and services,” said Silvia Piai, research manager, IDC EMEA Government Insights. “They should review their IT security capabilities to focus more on risk management rather than trying to ban use of consumer devices and applications.”

Some of the findings of the survey include:

  •  69 percent of respondents plan to invest in maintenance of existing security solutions such as endpoint security.
  •  36 percent of respondents plan to invest in new or enhanced network security solutions.
  •  The increase in the variety of opportunities and threats brought about by cloud, mobile, social, and Big Data is driving government CIOs toward a risk-management-oriented approach for security and privacy management.
  •  The U.K. government sector is the most advanced in terms of ability to deal with new risks of third-generation platforms, in particular cloud computing.

(For additional information contact: IDC Government Insights, 571-296-8060,

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