Unified threat management (UTM) security technology is setto dominate the security industry in the near future, according to IDC’s latestworldwide quarterly security appliance tracker.
Speaking to MicroScope, IDC security research analyst Romain Fouchereau said that IDC hadrevised 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 againbefore the end of the year.
“Othersectors all saw negative growth, but with security the overall market grew 10%last year because enterprises are realizing they can’t afford not to protectthemselves,” he explained.
Accordingto IDC, UTM will account for $542m out of a market that will be worth $1.65bnthis year.
“Until lastyear the firewall application segment was the largest, but UTM has definitelytaken over and this will continue,” Fouchereau continued.
The UTMsegment is currently led by Fortinet, which claims around 14.5% of the market,followed by Cisco, Checkpoint and Watchguard, but the clear segmentation of thesector meant there would undoubtedly be room for consolidation in the nearfuture, said Fouchereau.
Fortinet president and CEO Ken Xie remarked: “Faced with anincreasingly complex threat landscape and shrinking IT budgets, enterprises ofall sixes are re-evaluating their network security postures and replacing ineffectivesecurity point solutions with UTM.”
Xie backed up IDC’s findings, noting that growth indeployments through the enterprise sector was proving particularly lucrativefor the vendor.