SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

December 02, 2010 14:05 ET

Infonetics Research: Cisco's 30% bump in content security revenue drives overall market; network security market flat

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - December 2, 2010) - Market research firm Infonetics Research ( released its third quarter of 2010 (3Q10) Content Security Appliances and Software and Network Security Appliances and Software market share and forecast reports.


"Cisco posted massive growth in content security revenue in the third quarter (up more than 30% from the previous quarter), driving up the content security market, as companies continue the trend of making reactive content security purchases to unload budget in the second half of the year. Meanwhile, Cisco had a down quarter in the network security segment, offsetting Juniper's and Check Point's gains and resulting in a flat quarter for network security. In general, some of the long-term growth in the larger established network security market is transitioning to the content security market," observes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.


  • The worldwide content security gateway market grew 10% from 2Q10 to 3Q10, hitting $715.2 million
    • Overall content security gateway revenue is up 25% year-over-year
    • The appliance segment performed especially well, with revenue up 35% year-over-year
  • Security threats, such as stuxnet and Zeus, continue to make headlines, generating awareness and helping to drive content security revenue
  • The proliferation of smartphones, iPads, netbooks, and other mobile devices is driving purchases of gateway security solutions as companies seek to protect from malware the critical infrastructure in their headquarters, branch offices, remote offices, and data centers
  • McAfee maintains first place for total content security gateway revenue (appliances and software) in 3Q10; Blue Coat is second, Cisco third, although Cisco surpassed Blue Coat in the appliance revenue to take second in that segment


  • In 3Q10, the worldwide network security appliance and software market was essentially a flat, seasonally typical quarter, down 0.1% sequentially, totaling $1.43 billion
  • Cisco lost market share in most network security categories while Juniper and Check Point gained; this is particularly true in the > $30K integrated security appliance category, where Juniper has now opened up a substantial lead
  • HP (TippingPoint) had a strong quarter, moving into fifth place in the overall network security appliance and software market
  • Juniper posted its biggest quarter ever in SSL VPN revenue, widening their market share lead


Infonetics' quarterly Content Security Appliances and Software report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts through 2014, and analysis of content security gateway appliances (messaging, Web/malware, integrated) and software. The service tracks Barracuda, Blue Coat, Cisco, Citrix, F5, McAfee, SonicWALL, Symantec, Trend Micro, WatchGuard, Websense, and others.

Infonetics' quarterly Network Security Appliances and Software report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts through 2014, and analysis of integrated security appliances by price, secure routers by price, SSL VPN gateways, VPN and firewall software, and in-line and traditional network-based intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS) products. The report tracks Alcatel-Lucent, Array, Celestix, Check Point, Cisco, Citrix, CA, D-Link, Enterasys, F5, Fortinet, ISS, Juniper, McAfee, Nokia, Nortel, SonicWALL, Sourcefire, Symantec, TippingPoint, WatchGuard, ZyXEL, and others.


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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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