McAfee retains lead in content security gateway revenue, ahead of Cisco

McAfee maintained its 1st place position in
overall content security gateway revenue share in Q3 2011, followed closely by

Less than 1 market share point separates 2nd,
3rd and 4th place vendors Cisco, Websense and Symantec.

Cisco held onto the lead it took the previous quarter in
the appliance segment, ahead of Blue Coat.

Global content security gateway appliance and software
sales dipped 1.7 percent in Q3 2011 over Q2 2011, to $753 million, atypical for
the third quarter.

From the year-ago third quarter, the content security
appliances and software market is up 5.6 percent.

forecasts the content security appliance and software market to be up 11
percent in 2011 and to grow to $3.7 billion by 2015.

The hybrid content security market including messaging,
anti virus (AV), malware, and web security solutions involving a mix of
on-premise appliances/software and cloud security services/SaaS is forecast to
more than double between 2011 and 2015.

There’s a bit of business turmoil going on in the
content security gateway market, with three of the top players facing
challenges: Blue Coat with its recently turned-over CEO and scrutiny over its
products being used to control web traffic in Syria; Websense still trying to
court a buyer; and McAfee’s cloudy future since the Intel acquisition. This
creates an interesting situation rarely seen in a high-growth market like
content security gateways; business turmoil among the top players will create a
great opportunity for somebody else to step in and grab market share, a role
that Cisco appears more than happy to play,” said Jeff Wilson, principal
analyst for security at Infonetics Research.

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