SOURCE: Infonetics Research

June 05, 2008 14:04 ET

Infonetics Research: Content security market grows in 1Q despite uncertain economy; up 6%

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - June 5, 2008) - Communications market research firm Infonetics Research reported today that the content security gateway market, including software and appliances, increased 6% sequentially in the 1st quarter of 2008, following a 9% increase the previous quarter.

Infonetics' report, Content Security Appliances and Software, shows the overall content security market neared $431 million in 1Q08, and annual worldwide revenue is expected to jump 24% from 2007 to 2008.

"Vendors are reporting that some buyers boost security spending during uncertain economic times because of increased hacking activity, bolstering the content security market. On the vendor front, the 1st quarter of 2008 was a bit sideways, with very mixed results: BlueCoat was down, Cisco was way up, and other vendors showed good incremental growth," said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for network security at Infonetics Research.

Other highlights from the report:

--  In 1Q08, content security revenue growth outpaced unit growth, with
    Cisco, which has higher average-selling-price (ASP) appliances, posting
    strong revenue growth this quarter
--  Overall ASPs are expected to decline, and could decline much more
    dramatically if more vendors enter the pure content security space,
    particularly SMB and commercial vendors like NETGEAR and D-Link
--  Websense, which acquired SurfControl in October 2007, is the #1
    worldwide revenue market share leader in the total content security gateway
    market, followed by Symantec, Trend Micro, and McAfee

Infonetics' quarterly content security report provides market size, forecasts, and analysis for content security gateways, broken out by appliances vs. software. The service tracks Barracuda, BlueCoat, Citrix, CP Secure, eSoft, F-Secure, IronPort (Cisco), McAfee, Secure Computing, SonicWALL, Symantec, Trend Micro, Websense, and others.

For report highlights, log in to Infonetics' online portal from (see Network Security). For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or +1 (408) 583-3335.

Infonetics Research ( is an international communications market research firm. Tracking emerging markets since 1990, Infonetics covers a broad range of service provider, product manufacturer, and enterprise and SMB markets, including network security, enterprise voice, unified communications, broadband networks, IPTV, IP video, mobile TV, optical networks, metro Ethernet, carrier routing and switching, wireless, FMC, VoIP, IMS, policy management, subscriber management, service management, carrier capex and opex, and more. Services include quarterly market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, service provider capex analysis, and custom research and consulting.

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    Principal Analyst, Network Security
    Infonetics Research
    (408) 583-3337
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