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Feds' Security Spending On a Roll: Over 8 Percent Growth Over Next Five Years




Feds' Security Spending On a Roll: Over 8 Percent Growth Over Next Five Years
Feds' Security Spending On a Roll: Over 8 Percent Growth Over Next Five Years



http://www.darkreading.com/securityservices/security/government/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=220900236 

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
DarkReading
Oct 22, 2009

The U.S. federal government's IT security spending will jump from $7.9 
million to $11.7 billion in 2014 thanks to tightening federal security 
regulations, a 300 percent jump in attacks on feds' networks and systems 
during the past five years, and the Obama administration's emphasis on 
security, according to new data from research firm Input.

"We see this as a bright spot in federal spending," says John Slye, 
principal analyst at Input, which expects a compound annual growth rate 
of 8.1 percent for security from 2009 to 2014. "[Security] seems fairly 
immune to some of the economic pressures we're seeing...factors like the 
huge risk of exposure to the government and that security has taken 
front and center in the Obama administration" are some of the reasons 
for this spending, he says.

Input says the top 10 executive branch departments -- the Office of the 
Secretary of Defense, U.S. Air Force, Homeland Security, Army, Navy, 
Department of Energy, Health and Human Services, Justice Department, 
Treasury Department, and Commerce Department -- account for 65 percent 
of all federal IT spending.

Not surprisingly, intelligence agencies and the Defense Department lead 
overall federal IT spending growth, with an annual growth rate for 
spending of 8.4 percent and 8.2 percent, respectively, followed by 
civilian agencies at 7.9 percent. Intelligence spending will jump from 
$1.9 billion this year to $2.8 billion in 2014; Defense, from $3.8 
billion to $5.6 billion; and civilian, from $2.3 billion to $3.4 
billion.

Security services represents the biggest chunk of the federal security 
spending budget, with $4.4 billion today versus $2.7 billion for 
software, and less than $1 billion for equipment. According to Input, 
the services sector will hit $6.6 billion in 2014; software, $3.9 
billion; and equipment, $1.2 billion.

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