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VoIP driving security appliance market

Though Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) can add many new features to business telecom systems, vendors and custo...


September 7, 2005  


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Though Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) can add many new features to business telecom systems, vendors and customers face difficult security challenges to realize these benefits, a new study from In-Stat concludes.

As a result, more than 75% of the companies that have implemented VoIP plan to replace their security appliances within the next year, the high-tech market research firm says.

The security appliance market is poised for strong growth over the next few years, and will reach US$7 billion by 2009, In-Stat forecasts.

“Traditional firewall technologies can complicate several aspects of VoIP, most notably dynamic port trafficking and Network Address Translation (NAT) transversal,” says analyst Victoria Fodale.

“Security product vendors are adding functions that address voice applications in their products, but, as history has shown, security typically lags behind advances in technology.”

The report finds that larger, mid-sized companies (500-999) show a higher percentage of concerns about VoIP security than companies of other sizes and that budgets allocated for new security appliances are significantly higher in companies that have already implemented VoIP.

The report, “Trends and Spending Plans for Security Appliances: Are We Ready for VoIP?” covers the impact of VoIP in the security appliance market, including the results of an In-Stat end-user survey to discover trends in security product usage and plans for future purchases.

In addition to the survey results, the report also includes vendors’ market shares and a five-year forecast for security appliances.