Security again topped spending priorities with the CIOs, with 44 percent anticipating that it will accelerate this year.
Results suggested a continued shift toward software subscriptions instead of network security appliance-based spending. Endpoint, identity, and vulnerability and risk management were the top spending priorities.
Microsoft continues to be the vendor with the highest net strength for security spending wallet share, with Palo Alto Networks and Cisco following.
“We believe this represents, in part, the breadth of platforms these vendors have along with enterprise preference for vendor consolidation,” the report said. “Palo Alto Networks continues to screen positively in terms of net strength with better penetration within our survey base relative to Zscaler and Fortinet, which fare better when adjusted for penetration. We believe the better survey results for these vendors is a function of their platform approach, with a focus on securing the edge and cloud security initiatives.”
Check Point Software Technologies continued to screen poorly with CIOs compared to other vendors, which Goldman Sachs attributed to sales execution challenges and lack of platform breadth.
FireEye, meanwhile, dropped significantly in the survey’s net strength metric since Goldman Sachs' June survey.
“We believe traction with the company’s Helix platform has yet to resonate with customers and that focus on expertise-on-demand is still in early stages,” the report stated.