Telecom Lead India: McAfee is leading the overall content
security gateway appliance and software market in Q4 2011. Cisco moved to
second position ahead of Symantec by a fraction of a point.
Despite declining revenue in Q4 2011 from Q3 2011, Cisco
is leading in the appliance segment ahead of Blue Coat, McAfee, Symantec and
Trend Micro regained the lead from Websense in Q4 2011 in
the software segment.
The global content security appliance and software market
grew 10 percent in 2011 to $3.0 billion, according to Infonetics Research.
Sales of SaaS (software-as-a-service) content security
gateway solutions increased 32 percent in 2011 over 2010. It is the key growth
area for most of the top content security vendors.
The global SaaS content security market is forecast by
Infonetics to near $800 million by 2016.
The Infonetics Research report said it’s impossible to
comprehend the volume and impact of publicly disclosed threat events in 2011.
Regardless of the actual impact on business and revenue, these events have
driven an unprecedented level of visibility for IT security issues.
The hacks of 2011 were highly successful, the
repercussions for hackers (at least the ones who were caught) won’t deter the
hordes filling the holes they leave behind, and there are more tools, more
bandwidth, more targets, and more money to be made every year.
So 2011 wasn’t THE year of the hack, it was simply A
year, and it will be followed by another year, and the high visibility of
security issues required to keep security at the top of the priority list of
shrinking IT budgets will be as present in 2012 as it was in 2011,” said Jeff
Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.
McAfee retains lead in content security gateway revenue, ahead
In December 2011, Infonetics said McAfee maintained its
first place position in overall content security gateway revenue share in Q3
2011, followed closely by Cisco. 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.
From the year-ago third quarter, the content security
appliances and software market is up 5.6 percent.
Infonetics forecasts the
content security appliance and software market to be up 11 percent in 2011 and
to grow to $3.7 billion by 2015.