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November 10, 2009 17:40 ET

Infonetics Research: Content security survey: complexity drives cloud deployments; Cisco top vendor

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - November 10, 2009) - Market research firm Infonetics Research ( released User Plans for Content Security, a market research study on the content security buying plans of 240 North American small, medium, and large organizations from a wide variety of vertical markets.


"When we asked companies what kind of products they are using to combat viruses, spyware and adware, most said they use a mix of host products, gateway appliances, and gateway software, including purchased standalone software products and licensed SaaS clients. This phenomenon is one of the biggest drivers for many companies to move to hosted and cloud-based solutions; appliance sprawl and large and unwieldy client deployments are time consuming and expensive, and the promise of moving that headache off to somebody else is very tempting," explains Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for network security at Infonetics Research.


--  60% of respondents planning to roll out a SaaS solution cited strength
    of security as a chief driver

--  Cost is the number-one barrier affecting customer deployment of new
    content security solutions

    - The combination of the high cost of multi-box solutions and the
      current economic environment has driven cost to the top of the list

--  Respondents show a good increase in plans for virtual appliance

--  Cisco rates highest overall in user ratings of content security
    manufacturers, but only by a slight margin for most criteria, followed
    by Symantec

    - Ratings are based on 8 criteria: technology, product roadmap,
      security, management, price-to-performance ratio, pricing, financial
      stability, and service and support

--  The majority of respondents say the current global economic climate is
    not forcing them to cut content security spending, noting that
    compliance projects must continue and the fundamental need to protect
    confidential information and contain threats remains


Infonetics' content security study provides in-depth analysis on organizations deploying content security over the next 2 years, and their plans for protecting against Web, IM, and e-mail threats, and from viruses, spyware, malware, data leakage, and other content-related attacks.

The study features brand awareness and ratings of content security manufacturers and hosted/cloud-based service providers, including scorecards revealing user perceptions of their strengths and weaknesses, top vendors and providers, plans for switching vendors, selection criteria, and most important product and service features.

Companies named in the study include 3Com/TippingPoint, AT&T, Anchiva, Barracuda, Blue Coat, Check Point, Cisco, Citrix, eSoft, F5 Networks, Facetime, Fortinet, Google, IBM/ISS, IronPort, Juniper, Kaspersky Labs, McAfee, Microsoft, MX Logic, Panda, Perimeter eSecurity, Postini, ScanSafe, Secure Computing, SonicWALL, Symantec, Trend Micro, WatchGuard, Websense, and zScaler.

The study, based on interviews with purchase decision makers at 240 US and Canadian small, medium, and large organizations, also covers trends, drivers, barriers, expenditures, and more.


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From the portal, go to RESEARCH, then SECURITY.


--  Larry Howard, Vice President:, +1 408-583-3335
--  Scott Coyne, Senior Account Director, Eastern North America, Europe,
    Middle East:, +1 408-583-3395


-- Virtual Security Deployment Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey (Nov. 16)

-- Content Security Appliances and Software (Dec. 2)

-- Network Security Appliances and Software (Dec. 2)

-- Security SaaS survey shows McAfee, ScanSafe, Qualys lead in brand awareness

-- Content security market up in 2Q09; vendors optimistic about 2H09 spending

-- Cisco, McAfee, and Juniper top intrusion prevention vendor ratings by enterprise IPS users

-- Mobile security client software market to hit $1.6 billion in 2013

Infonetics Research ( is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

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