COVID-19 Impact Report

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About This Report

Register now to download LeadingEdge’s report so you can benchmark your IT security organization against your peers with regard to how the pandemic has affected personnel, cyber risks, budgets, and spending priorities. Last August, LeadingEdge surveyed 600 enterprise IT security professionals. Key insights include:

  • 54% of enterprises have increased their existing 2020 IT security budgets by an average of 5%
  • IT security budgets are projected to increase by 7% next year
  • 75% have increased preference for cloud-based security solutions
  • The typical remote workforce has increased by 114%
  • Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy adoption has increased by 59%
  • The top-three pandemic challenges are an increased volume of threats, insufficient remote access, and increased risks due to unmanaged devices
  • The top-three pandemic-fueled technology investments are cloud-based secure web gateway (SWG), cloud-based next-generation firewall (NGFW), and cloud-based secure email gateway (SEG)
Covid CIR


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Covid CIR


Survey Demographics

  • 600 IT security professionals
  • 1,000+ employees
  • 7 countries
  • 19 industries


Key Industries

  • Education
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Telecom
  • Utilities

Countries Represented

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Japan

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Acceptable Use Policy

LeadingEdge Group, LLC (“LeadingEdge”) encourages third-party organizations to incorporate textual and graphical elements of the “The Impact of COVID-19 on Enterprise Security Teams” survey report into presentations, reports, website content, product collateral, and other marketing communications without seeking explicit written permission from LeadingEdge, provided such organizations adhere to this acceptable use policy. The following rules apply to referencing textual and/or graphical elements of this report:

Report distribution. Only LeadingEdge and its authorized research sponsors are permitted to distribute this report for commercial purposes. This restriction does preclude reproduction of the report for internal uses, such as a training.

Source citations. When citing a textual and/or graphical element from this report, you must incorporate the following statement into a corresponding footnote or other citation: Source: “The Impact of COVID-19 on Enterprise IT Security Teams,” October 2020, LeadingEdge Group

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No implied endorsements. LeadingEdge does not endorse technology vendors. Cited LeadingEdge content should never be used to imply favor from LeadingEdge.

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