With corporate budgets still reeling from the economic downturn of 2008 and
2009, a senior analyst at the research firm Gartner is urging IT managers to
take a shrewder posture on information security, leveraging free or lower-cost
solutions to shore up data systems without breaking the bank.

"The goal here is to do more with less," Gartner Managing Vice President Vic
Wheatman said in a presentation here at the firm’s annual Security and Risk
Management Summit. "There’s almost no correlation between how much is being
spent and how secure the organization is."

In a recent survey of CIOs at SMBs and larger enterprises, Gartner found that
businesses are planning to spend an average of 5 percent of their IT budgets on
security this year, down a percentage point from 2009.

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