Symantec is leading the desktop security client market, though the
McAfee/Intel DeepSAFE launch could shake up the market share landscape.
Infonetics Research forecasts the global
market for desktop and mobile security clients to touch $8.2 billion by 2015.
Consumer-focused desktop and laptop client security solutions make up
the largest segment of market, albeit the slowest-growing.
Tempering growth expectations for mobile security clients is the fact
that many companies will look to cloud-based solutions and SaaS for mobile
security, Infonetics Research said in its report called Security Client
Hackers continue to focus their energy on the installed base of hundreds
of millions of desktop computers around the globe, but with nearly 3 billion
new smartphones and tablets expected to ship worldwide between 2010 and 2015,
the opportunity for financially motivated hacking of smartphones grows
significantly every year.
“As more enterprises and consumers set out to protect their mobile
devices, we expect the mobile security client market to take off, growing at a
phenomenal 41 percent 5-year compound annual growth rate,” said Jeff Wilson,
principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.