Gartner Forecasts Enterprise Information Security Spending in India to Total US$1.9 Billlion in 2019

by | Aug 30, 2018

Mumbai, India, August 30, 2018 — Enterprise spending on information security products and services in India is on pace to reach US$1.7 billion in 2018, an increase of 12.5 percent from 2017, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc. In 2019, the market is forecast to total US$1.9 billion.

Gartner analysts are discussing how to govern risk and security for digital business in front of over 500 attendees at the annual Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, which is taking place here in Mumbai until August 31.

Siddharth Deshpande, research director at Gartner

“Continued focus on building detection and response capabilities are bolstering security spending in India,” said Siddharth Deshpande, research director at Gartner. “Highly publicized and high-impact security incidents in India — like the recent incident with Cosmos Bank — reinforce the need for organizations to treat security and risk management as a top business priority,” said Deshpande.

Security incidents often happen because organizations have not paid attention to basic security hygiene practices. “Continued breaches reinforce the need for chief information officers (CIOs) and chief information security officers (CISOs) to view sensitive data and IT systems as critical infrastructure and prevent, detect and respond to incidents appropriately,” added Deshpande.


There are five key enterprise security product segments that will bolster growth in 2019:

  1. Integrated risk management software (26.6 percent growth)
  2. Data security (12.4 percent growth)
  3. Infrastructure protection (11.7 percent growth)
  4. Identity and access management (10.9 percent growth)
  5. Network security equipment (10.3 percent growth)

These established security product segments benefit from strong growth rates thanks to net new adopters who are looking to rapidly increase their investments in security technology. Additionally, existing buyers of these technologies are looking to acquire more advanced capabilities in these areas.

Lack of Skills Raising Demand for Security Services

Organizations continue to feel the pressure to find the right people with the right skills to grow their security teams, particularly given the 24/7 nature of security operations functions. These ongoing skills shortages are driving demand for security services, particularly security outsourcing, managed security services and security outsourcing. The security services market in India will grow from US$885 million in 2018 to US$1 billion in 2019, an increase in 13 percent year on year.

“CISOs are increasingly concerned about the quality of security services currently available, creating an opportunity for new security services providers that can offer higher quality services,” said Deshpande.

Existing global data privacy regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as the upcoming national-level regulations like India’s proposed personal data protection bill, are raising awareness of security and risk management issues.

“CISOs are under increasing pressure to ensure their organizations do not become victims of external attackers, while simultaneously maintaining compliance with regulations,” said Deshpande. “Obtaining funding for security products has become easier for CISOs today than in the past, due to increased awareness. The challenge is for them to the security budget judiciously and improve the security maturity of their organization over time.”

“Improving security maturity goes beyond just investments in technology. It requires an appropriate focus on processes and people,” said Deshpande. “Security and risk management are a critical part of any digital business initiative, with the ultimate goal of driving trust and resilience throughout the organization.”


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Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He founded Digital Creed in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 29 years of journalism experience (since 1994). Brian is the former Editor of CHIP India, InformationWeek India and CISO Mag. He has served India's leading newspaper groups: The Times of India and The Indian Express. Presently, he serves the Information Security Media Group, as Sr. Director, Editorial. You'll find his most current work on CIO Inc. During his career he wrote (and continues to write) 5000+ technology articles. He conducted more than 450 industry interviews. Brian writes on aviation, drones, cybersecurity, tech startups, cloud, data center, AI/ML/Gen AI, IoT, Blockchain etc. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. He recently achieved a Certificate in Cybersecurity (CC) from the international certification body ISC2. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn. Email Brian at: [email protected]
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