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No sign of recession at InfoSec

Microscope contributor

The busy halls at InfoSec in London have been seen by many in the industry as a further sign that interest in security is not waning during the recession.

The security sector has been tipped by many to weather the economic storm because of the continued and growing threats to data security and recent results from both distributors and vendors have confirmed that position.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill, said he had high expectations from InfoSec: “At CeBIT we took 750 leads last year and topped that with 1,000 this year and expect it to be the same here.”

Others were upbeat in their view of the current state of the market with one vendor asking MicroScope: “Where’s the recession?”

In terms of picking out growth areas within the overall security market the hosted security as a service crowd have reported growth, there is an emergence of voice as a market and those combating malware continue to be kept busy.

“It is getting much worse. In 2007 there 2 million incidents of malware, more than the entire 15 years before hand, then last year it went up past 7 million,” said Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Labs.

Nick Hawkins, EMEA vice president of sales at Marshal8e6 said that even the traditional spam market had developed with a significant proportion of the messages now containing blended threats.


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