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shortage of security skills pose problems

Industry experts are warning that software designed to protect organisations from online attacks is not being deployed fast enough because of the security skills shortages.

The past year or so has seen the region coming increasingly under attack from hackers and other cyber-criminals - with banks being heavily targeted.

However, according to a survey by analyst firm IDC, while spending on security software increased by over a third last year, vendors are facing increasing difficulties in recruiting staff able to deploy the technology within organisations.

In a survey of the regional security market earlier this year - Gulf States Security Software 2006 - 2010 Forecast and 2005 Vendor Share - IDC found that spending on security software increased by 37% year-on-year between 2004 and 2005.

While this increased expenditure should bode well for the region’s IT safety, the shortage of staff capable of implementing these solutions is less promising.

Analyst Philip Van Heerden, IDC’s program manager for services and verticals, Middle East and Africa (MEA), warned that this could mean delays in the deployment of security software across companies in the Middle East.

“At the moment it (security software) is definitely being deployed but it’s not being deployed fast enough,” Van Heerden warned.

“As a result people in the short term don’t have the security infrastructure in place that they want to have in place and it’s taking longer to deploy,” he added.

With regard to the impact this would have on vendors he said: “The impact of the skills shortage is that when it comes to deploying projects it takes longer to deploy.”

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