Last year, spending on business security software was $408 million. Sounds like a large number — but we spent around $770 million on potato crisps.
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The $408 million comes from Gartner, and is up 8 per cent on the previous year. Globally, Symantec was the biggest vendor, followed by McAfee, IBM, Trend Micro and EMC.
Security is constantly said to be a major concern for IT, and close on half a billion dollars isn't small change. However, in an economy worth $1.5 trillion, it's not a lot to spend on insurance (if you assume that's the main role that security software plays, which isn't always the case). Hey, anyone want a crisp?