Few takers for security outsourcing

Friday, 11 April 2003, 8:50 PM EST

European firms are still reluctant to hand over the management of key security measures to third-parties, according to research published on Friday.

A survey conducted by research group Datamonitor has found that just 30 percent of companies are willing to consider outsourcing the management of their email services or their firewall. Just over one in three would consider employing another firm to run their VPN access.

This is despite the fact that half the companies surveyed agreed that outsourcing would let them benefit from IT security without having to cope with the technical and administrative burden.

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