A third of security professionals have realised that the implementation of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) security could represent bottom line savings.
A survey of 92 security professionals, conducted by Websense, found that 86 per cent of respondents felt pressure to deliver cost savings to their business.
A number of respondents were unaware of the true cost savings benefits or misinformed about the high level of security that SaaS services provide. Yet, despite these misunderstandings, the survey also revealed that many in the IT community are moving to embrace SaaS security, with the majority of respondents – nearly 60 per cent – planning to consider using SaaS security solutions in the future.
Respondents also reported that they believe the greatest support for SaaS security comes from the CIO/CSO level (28 per cent). One in five also believed support would come from the executive board.
Among the reasons for holding back, more than 90 per cent of those surveyed cite at least one reason. Eighty-three per cent fear losing direct control, 63 per cent believe that companies resist stepping out of the comfort zone of their on-site solutions, 26 per cent cite perceived disruption to established security services, while 11 per cent believe that resistance could be due to the related changes to internal IT job functions.
Jonathan Wilkinson, messaging security manager at Websense, said: “The research shows that many people still don't understand the true cost savings and level of security provided by today's SaaS security solutions. Yet, everyday more IT professionals are learning the true benefits of SaaS solutions, and the majority of professionals are willing to consider using SaaS security in the future.
“Real-time integration of web and email security is more important now than ever before, and investing in SaaS security solutions is one way for businesses large and small to benefit from an easy, lower-cost approach that doesn't require hardware or software.”
Further research by SafeNet found that those who have already implemented SaaS solutions, 42 per cent had suffered licensing issues. This included greater complexity in cost (28 per cent), security (25 per cent) and management (19 per cent).
Chris Holland, vice-president of software rights management at SafeNet, said that costs have gone down, and this is a very important factor for customers, who did not expect to save money on virtualisation but did.