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Infonetics study examines network security market

Organizations are looking into a wide variety of network security solutions, according to a new study from Infoneti...


November 19, 2004  


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Organizations are looking into a wide variety of network security solutions, according to a new study from Infonetics Research Inc. entitled User Plans for Security Products and Services, North America 2004.

"While many people have been watching the security appliance market with great interest, they tend to overlook the extent to which security is actually deployed through routers and switches," said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst at Infonetics Research and lead analyst of the study.

"Just as distributed Internet connectivity and the need for companies of all sizes to secure their networks drove the integration of multiple security technologies into single products, these same factors also drove network product manufacturers to integrate security into routers and switches."

The study found that:

* Wireless LANs, handheld devices, the Internet connection boundary, and extranet connections represent the top areas of opportunity in the security market;

* Secure routers and integrated appliances are the preferred network security devices of about the same percent of respondents now (roughly two-thirds each), rising slightly to 68% in 2006;

* Use of switches with integrated security, a product market in its early stages, will grow significantly between now and 2006, from about a third to 44% of respondents, and

* Most are looking to buy integrated appliances that have between 100M and 1G aggregate performance, with 1G, 2G, and 5G and up all increasing over the next two years.