SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

March 04, 2009 16:15 ET

Infonetics Research: Content security market up 25% in 2008, well insulated from global economic crisis

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) - Communications market research firm Infonetics Research recently released the fourth quarter (4Q08) edition of its Content Security Appliances and Software report. Highlights from the market research report follow.

"The short- and long-term opportunity for content security is strong. When McColo was shut down in November 2008 and overall spam volumes were cut by two-thirds in a single day, there was some question about how resilient the spammers, malicious code authors, and black market economy really were. But as of the end of February 2009, spam volume is nearly at its pre-November level, and the consensus is that, like a virus, the spammers that survive will be more dangerous and more resilient. Additional factors driving the market include regulation and compliance, service provider spending on security, cloud-based services, and software-as-a-service (SaaS)."

Jeff Wilson, Principal Analyst, Network Security, Infonetics Research


--  The content security market remains reasonably well insulated from the
    current global economic crisis

--  Worldwide content security gateway appliance and software revenue grew
    25% in 2008 over 2007 to $1.93 billion

--  Double-digit annual growth is expected in the worldwide market in 2009,
    followed by single-digit annual growth through 2013

--  Content security vendors overall had a strong fourth quarter, with most
    companies showing single-digit sequential growth

--  For the year, Websense ranks first in worldwide revenue in 2008,
    followed closely by Symantec, Blue Coat, and McAfee

--  Now that McAfee has completed the Secure Computing acquisition, they've
    moved into first place overall as of 4Q08, starting 2009 in a very
    strong position

--  Over the long haul, software will make up less of the overall content
    security market and appliances will make up more, largely due to the
    massive performance requirements for content security gateways moving

    --  However, the emerging popularity of SaaS could drive changes in
        this trend over the next 2 years

--  A year ago, Infonetics forecast the content security market would hit
    $1.96 billion by the end of 2008; actual revenue hit $1.93 billion
    (forecast was within 1%)


Infonetics' quarterly content security report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts through 2013, and analysis of content security gateways, broken out by software and appliances, including messaging, Web/malware, and integrated appliances. The service tracks BlueCoat, Cisco, Citrix, McAfee, SonicWALL, Symantec, Trend Micro, Websense, 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.

Contact Information

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