Managed services primed for expansion

Analyst Yankee Group says network-based managed security services are starting to take off, as firms find it easier to use...

Analyst Yankee Group says network-based managed security services are starting to take off, as firms find it easier to use automatic security protection provided through their network.

A Yankee spokesman reveals that the global network-based managed security services market will grow to $570m (£335m) by 2008. The market totalled $150m in 2003.

Carrier-based security services, dominated by IP virtual private networks (VPNs) have been around for more than four years. But now carriers are expanding these services to include managed firewalls, intrusion detection (IDS), intrusion prevention (IPS), vulnerability scanning, antivirus, denial-of-service (DoS) protection, content filtering and anti-spam services.

This trend is tied to a combination of factors: the evolution of security technologies, the convergence of networks and network-based communication design, opportunistic carriers responding to declining revenue, and increased demand due to the maturity and sophistication of end-user requirements for security risk management solutions, says Yankee.

Yankee says that by next year, most firms will no longer purchase autonomous security solutions (like firewalls, IDS, IDP, antivirus, spam or vulnerability scanning). Instead enterprise security requirements will dictate the purchase of comprehensive security risk management solutions.

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