Gartner : Worldwide Security Software Market Trends

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Worldwide security software revenue is expected to total $9.1 billion in 2007, a 10.7% increase over 2006 revenue of $8.2 billion, according to Gartner.  Antivirus software revenue is expected to total $4.9 billion in 2007, and will account for 53.8% of the total security software industry…..The antivirus market will continue to lead the security software market in 2007, but because of changing threats, there is a long-term technology shift away from complete reliance on signature-based antivirus defenses to more predictive proactive defenses.  All vendors in the enterprise antivirus market are working on road maps for converged clients (not necessarily a single product or even a single install, but products that can be managed together and are one stock-keeping units) with anti-spyware, personal firewalls, intrusion prevention system (IPS) software, and policy enforcement (aka network access control)…..Security is becoming more complex and difficult for a single vendor to handle.  Customers require products that integrate with their security architecture rather than disconnected point solutions and it is essential for large and small players to partner with best-of-breed vendors.  Only those vendors offering good integrated production, based on an already established and trusted technological partnership, will be best placed for success…..

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