Cheap labour and security are two reasons U.S. companies may start looking north to outsource, says the senior vice-president of business engineering at IT services firm CGI Group Inc.

Dallas-based Michael Filak says companies are looking to outsourcing now more than ever because of a slowing economy and more focused priorities. What’s more, he added, those companies are starting to realize that keeping their data and other assets at home may not be the most secure option.