Gartner Predicts $9.1 Billion Security Apps Market

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Research experts Gartner released their projections for growth of the security software market during 2007, predicting that overall sales in the space will surpass $9.1 billion for the year.

While technology vendors and security analysts continue to endorse the notion that anti-virus software is increasingly becoming commoditized, sales of the IT systems defense tools will help drive $9.1 billion in security applications sales during 2007, according to researchers at Gartner.

The Stamford, Conn.-based analysis firm released its annual security software market growth estimates on Feb. 1, projecting the 10.7 percent gain in sales for the year, compared to the $8.2 billion in security applications sold during calendar 2006.

Gartner contends that a commanding $4.9 billion, or 53.8 percent, of all security applications sold during 2007 will be anti-virus products—made by companies such as Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro, Sophos, Kaspersky, Panda, Microsoft and CA.

However, the research firm reported that traditional, signature-based anti-virus technologies will continue to be augmented with more pro-active defense applications—such as IPS (intrusion prevention systems), behavior-monitoring tools and NAC (network access control) software.

While signature-based anti-virus technologies take a more passive approach, relying on researchers and software providers to discover and patch malware exploits and software vulnerabilities, the more cutting-edge tools claim the ability to more actively defend against emerging attacks, such as so-called zero-day exploits. Most vendors of traditional anti-virus programs are aggressively launching behavior-based products, along with IPS and NAC technologies.

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This article was originally published on 2007-02-02
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