15 Dec 2020

New IDC MarketScape Report Assesses 20 Professional Security Services Vendors in the Gulf Region

Dubai – International Data Corporation (IDC) this week published its assessment of 20 Professional Security Services (PSS) providers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. The report, IDC MarketScape: GCC Professional Security Services 2020 Vendor Assessment, uses a comprehensive framework to assess these vendors based on their current capabilities and strategies in addressing the cybersecurity challenges faced by end-user organizations across the region. The results categorized 7 of the vendors as "Leaders" and the remaining 13 as "Major Players".

The 20 PSS vendors profiled in this report are: Accenture, Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), Deloitte, Digital14, du, Ernst and Young, Gulf Business Machines, Help AG – Etisalat Digital Security, IBM, Injazat, MIDIS SI Group, Paladion (Atos), Paramount, Protiviti, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Saudi Business Machines, Saudi Information Technology Company (SITE), Wipro, Solutions by STC, and TUV Rheinland.

"Security has become central to today's boardroom discussions," says Varun Kukreja, a senior program manager at IDC. "As enterprises across the GCC push ahead with their digital transformation efforts, they are creating increasingly complex workflows that require the services of trusted security partners. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this trend, forcing organizations to review their existing security functions and ramp up their data security and privacy initiatives.

"The next decade for security will be about bringing transparency to end customers and ensuring data security and privacy are never compromised. To this end, digital transformation initiatives must feature trust as an underlying principle. As such, organizations should work with professional security services providers to leverage their global and local expertise on compliance, technology, and MDR/SOC services. This will enable them to effectively manage the evolving threat landscape and prevent threats from doing irreversible damage to their brands."

IDC believes that cybersecurity has taken on a more critical role in enhancing the response and resilience of key economic sectors across the GCC, with the region's governments investing significantly in improving their national defenses. "There is a clear drive to formalize market regulators and complement their role with supporting regulatory frameworks and policies," says Uzair Mujtaba, a program manager at IDC. "The approach towards maintaining a robust security posture is growing more centralized and concerted, which is driving new levels of security maturity within end-user organizations while encouraging vendors and services providers to innovate around capabilities and delivery models."

IDC MarketScape: GCC Professional Security Services 2020 Vendor Assessment examines 20 providers offering PSS in the GCC region. The assessment reviews both quantitative and qualitative characteristics that define current market demands and expected buyer needs for PSS.

For more information, please contact Sheila Manek at smanek@idc.com   or on +971 4 446 3154.

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The IDC MarketScape  vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor's position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a transparent foundation to allow companies to independently compare the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

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