64% of Latin American governments plan to up their IT spending in 2006

64% of Latin American government departments intend to spend more in information technology in 2006 than they did in 2005. Of those respondents who intend to increase spending this year, many project dollars going to hardware and software (60.5% and 60.2% respectively), while only one in three (33.1%) cite services. 46.5% indicate security is still the #1 solution/technology in which the Latin American governments will invest in 2006. While many government departments still associate security with antivirus and antispam, findings show that IT executives in these departments are also now concerned with other aspects of security, such as firewall/virtual private network (VPN) and access and vulnerability management, with more than 72% of the respondents indicating investments in these particular security areas.