SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

August 26, 2009 13:11 ET

Infonetics Research: Content security market up in 2Q09; vendors optimistic about 2H09 spending

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - August 26, 2009) - Communications market research firm Infonetics Research released the 2Q09 edition of its Content Security Appliances and Software report.


"The availability of commercial hacking tools, rental botnets, and the overall transformation of hacking from hobby to business has caused an explosion in security threats everywhere. Spam is at an all time high and hackers are leveraging new social media platforms to launch attacks. Facebook and Twitter have had some security challenges recently, and researchers have even discovered a Twitter-based botnet. Many companies react to these threats and to problems in their networks by investing in content security on an 'as needed' basis. This reactive buying and lack of planning makes it impossible to stop spending on content security in many cases, which in turn keeps the content security market going," explains Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for network security at Infonetics Research.


-- Worldwide content security gateway revenue grew 1.5% 1Q09 to 2Q09,
   hitting $544 million
    - A year ago, Infonetics forecast the content security market would
      hit $555 million in 2Q09 (forecast was within 2%)
-- The renewed interest in software due to virtualization, cloud
   computing, and SaaS, combined with astronomical growth in security
   threats, will drive the content security software and appliance market
   to grow to $3.2 billion in 2013
-- McAfee increased its lead in worldwide revenue share in the overall
   content security gateway market in 2Q09
-- Most content security vendors reported "business as usual under the
   circumstances," with very positive expectations for 3Q09 based on
   billings so far
-- Service providers continue to upgrade their networks and build out data
   centers and mobile backhaul networks to support massive growth in wired
   and wireless traffic, and are now catching up with the security
   deployments needed to support them
-- The North American content security market is expected to pass the
   $1 billion mark for the first time in 2009


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, and others.


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-- SaaS drives breakout growth in managed security market

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

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

-- Enterprises relying on smartphone OS for security may be vulnerable to Internet threats

-- Most companies deploying NAC say the economy will not derail their 2009 spending plans

-- Security research notes: Big News Is Bad News for Keeping Networks Safe


-- Network Security Appliances and Software (Aug. 31)

-- User Plans for Intrusion Prevention Systems (Sept. 3)

-- User Plans for Content Security (Oct. 27)

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