SOURCE: Infonetics Research

November 16, 2006 16:43 ET

NAC and content security hot issues for enterprises

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 16, 2006 -- Blocking viruses is the number-one reason companies purchase new network security products and services, says a new study from Infonetics Research.

Attacks from the outside and blocking spyware, malware, and e-mail attacks are the other leading drivers pushing respondents to buy security products and services, the study shows. Regulations like HIPAA, GLBA, and FIPS, combined with the pressure the government is putting on the private sector, are also driving purchases.

"To combat the constant headaches security issues cause, enterprises are investing heavily in NAC (network access control) and content security at the gateway, particularly anti-virus, anti-spyware, and SPAM filtering products and services," said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst at Infonetics Research and author of Infonetics' new study, User Plans for Security Products and Services: North America 2006.

"There is massive potential for NAC," Wilson continued. "The number-one driver for deploying NAC is protecting corporate resources from unauthorized users. This is really the strong point of NAC, and the most commonly listed benefit of rolling out NAC solutions."

Study Highlights

--  50% of large organizations have already deployed NAC, growing to
    nearly 60% by 2008, and about half of small and medium organizations plan
    to deploy NAC by 2008
--  Of those not planning to deploy NAC by 2008, the main reason is not
    having enough information about it, meaning they just don't really know
    what it is or could do for them
--  67% say they will buy and deploy a standalone single-function content
    security gateway product to rapidly address a new threat
--  90% have already invested in gateway anti-virus, and 66% will spend
    more money on it next year
--  VoIP will eventually become a driver for deploying new security
    solutions, as wired and wireless VoIP phones represent a potential
    vulnerability loophole for IP network-related exploits
Infonetics' study examines end-user security requirements and preferences for network security and provides analysis on important trends and a clear picture of security plans at small, medium, and large North American organizations, including key vertical markets.

Download study excerpts at For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or +1 (408) 583-3335.

Infonetics Research ( is the premier international market research and consulting firm specializing in data networking and telecom, providing a complete view of the market through constant interaction with equipment manufacturers, service providers, end-users, chip and component manufacturers, sales channels, and the financial community. Services include quarterly market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, and service provider capex analysis.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Jeff Wilson
    Principal Analyst, Network Security
    Infonetics Research
    (408) 583-3337
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