The RSA show kicks off Tuesday in San Francisco and one of the larger questions will be focused on attendance. Will the Moscone Center be a morgue?
That take may be a bit dramatic. After all, security spending is immune to the IT spending slowdown. And what tech executive would cut a security budget?
Well, a Goldman Sachs chief security officer survey indicates that spending isn't immune from a slowdown.
In August 2008, Goldman's survey concluded that 2009 would feature security spending growth would be in the mid-single digits. Now respondents are predicting a 2 percent decline on security spending. That's better than the 9 percent decline in overall IT spending, but still sobering considering security spending was once considered untouchable.
Meanwhile, Goldman's first read on security spending in 2010 is also muted.
A few takeaways:
By the charts:
The overall budget picture.
Headcount is under pressure.
You can negotiate a 1 percent to 10 percent decrease in maintenance costs.
The vendor scorecard: Symantec, Juniper/Netscreen and Microsoft are gaining wallet share. Respondents saying Symantec was gaining share checked in at 37 percent, up from 30 percent in the previous survey.
And what security execs are spending their budgets on: