Unified threat management (UTM) security technology is set to dominate the security industry in the near future according to IDC’s latest worldwide quarterly security appliance tracker.
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Speaking to MicroScope, IDC security research analyst Romain Fouchereau said that IDC had revised its 2009 forecast for the security appliance market downwards from 17% growth to just 9.5%, but added that he expected to see things picking up again before the end of the year.
“Other sectors all saw negative growth, but with security the overall market grew 10% last year because enterprises are realizing they can’t afford not to protect themselves,” he explained.
According to IDC, UTM will account for $542m out of a market that will be worth $1.65bn this year.
“Until last year the firewall application segment was the largest, but UTM has definitely taken over and this will continue,” Fouchereau continued.
The UTM segment is currently led by Fortinet, which claims around 14.5% of the market, followed by Cisco, Checkpoint and Watchguard, but the clear segmentation of the sector meant there would undoubtedly be room for consolidation in the near future, said Fouchereau.
Fortinet president and CEO Ken Xie remarked: “Faced with an increasingly complex threat landscape and shrinking IT budgets, enterprises of all sixes are re-evaluating their network security postures and replacing ineffective security point solutions with UTM.”
Xie backed up IDC’s findings, noting that growth in deployments through the enterprise sector was proving particularly lucrative for the vendor.