Analysts at Gartner say the security software market is on track to see an 8 percent increase for the year, growing to $14.5 billion. The analyst firm also expects to see more security acquisitions in the near future after buys by Symantec, McAfee and Sophos this year.
Gartner is predicting the worldwide market for security software will
jump 8 percent over last year, despite the economic slowdown.The analyst firm expects the market to total $14.5 billion in 2009.
According to Gartner, roughly $6.5 billion of that amount will be in
theUnited States, an 11 percent increase from 2008.
The projections, however, show a drop off from the increase the market saw between 2008 and 2007. In 2008, the worldwide security software market jumped 19 percent when compared to 2007. In the United States, the bump was 17 percent.
the worldwide security software market is affected by the economic
downturn, the growth will continue to be strong in 2009 as security
remains a critical area where drastic cuts cannot be afforded," said
Ruggero Contu, principal research analyst at Gartner, in a statement.
"In the medium term, the greatest growth opportunities will come from
software as a service (SAAS), appliance based offering and small and
medium businesses (SMBs), which are in security catch-up mode compared
with large companies and therefore spend a higher percentage of their
budgets on security."The consumer security segment is expected to total $3.6 billion, representing roughly 25 percent of the total market. The enterprise security software market
- comprised of segments such as endpoint protection platforms, e-mail
security boundary and user provisioning - is predicted to account for
$10.9 billion in 2009."The
security software market in 2008 was characterised by a high level of
consolidation with the examples of McAfee purchasing Secure Computing,
Symantec and Sophos acquiring MessageLabs and Utimaco, respectively,"
Contu said, adding he expects further consolidation in the near future."End
users are gradually moving to better-integrated multiproducts,
particularly in areas such as endpoint security and identity and access
management," he said. "Vendors offering good integration in an already
established and trusted technology partnership will be best-placed for
success, as buyers prefer to deal with two or more vendors that already
trust each other's software and practices."