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Content security gateway market takes off

Antony Savvas

The content security gateway market is about to take off, as established security players and new ones plough investment into the market to meet customer demand.

Analyst Infonetics Research says worldwide content security gateway sales grew 8% between the first and second quarter of 2006, reaching $270m (£150m).

These sales, however, are set to increase by 43% by the second quarter of 2007, and be worth $2.3bn in 2009, as users ramp up their content security systems.

Infonetics said appliances are growing at a much faster rate than software solutions, with the appliance market forecast to surge at a 44% compound annual growth rate from between 2005 to 2009.

Infonetics Research analyst Jeff Wilson said, “Worldwide content security gateway software sales were almost double the sales for appliances in 2005, but by 2007, appliance sales will actually surpass software sales.

“Content security appliance revenue will more than triple from 2006 to 2009, fuelled by innovative security features, strong performance, and reasonable prices for companies of all sizes,” he said.

Infonetics' content security gateway research tracks the market performance of both hardware and software vendors, including Aladdin, Barracuda, Citrix, CP Secure, eSoft, F-Secure, IronPort, McAfee, Secure Computing, SonicWALL, Symantec and others.

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