One in ten enterprises are predicted to adopt a hybrid security-as-a-service model next year.

Optenet claimed that as enterprises continue to search for trusted technologies with a lower total cost of ownership, there has been an increased adoption of security tools in the cloud by small-to-medium businesses.

However, most large enterprises are still cautious about taking advantage of technologies based ‘in the cloud', due to concerns over limited internal control of data, administration and ultimately, security.

Francisco Abreu Martin, Optenet's president and CEO, said: “At Optenet, we are expecting ten per cent of enterprises to deploy a hybrid security SaaS model in the next 12 months. The advantages of a solution that is both ‘in the cloud', yet managed ‘on-site' and internally, are clear. It allows enterprises to keep their core corporate information on-site whilst exploring the cost savings and expertise SaaS providers can offer.”

It also predicted that ISPs and mobile operators will be under even more pressure to provide a secured network to their enterprise and residential customers.

Martin said: “A growing number of devices are connected to the internet, both in the workplace and at home. Desktop computers, laptops and mobile phones are often connected to corporate networks, and even games consoles at home are fighting for network access.

“We've seen more ISPs and mobile operators finding it increasingly essential to provide an all-inclusive security package to their customers, and we are expecting this trend to grow further in 2010.”