Computer Network Security Forecasts Look Favorable for 2011

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
January 11, 2011

So if 2009 was the year of recession, then 2010 was mostly a year of stabilization – at least in the computer network security space. And, from the snippets I recently read from the IDC report "Worldwide Network Security 2010-2014 Forecast and 2009 Vendor Shares" it looks like 2011 should be a year of steady growth.

From the report, IDC predicts that the software-based solutions will make up the bulk of the growth at 26% of the security market by 2014, but that hardware-based appliances will see the bulk of revenue within the space. Additionally, IDC suggests that much of the revenue growth will come from sales of hypervisor-ready solutions for virtualization. To round it off, security for software-as-a-service (SaaS) Cloud computing solutions will also see steady growth through 2014.

Here’s a quote from the report from John Grady, senior analyst for IDC’s Security Products program…

"Network security remains an essential component of an organization's IT architecture and will continue to see strong growth moving forward. With threats to the network becoming more sophisticated, and companies demanding more robust, affordable, and flexible solutions, it is imperative for vendors to continue to offer innovative products that fulfill a myriad of requirements to remain competitive. Technologies such as UTM, virtual security appliances, and security as a service will be the drivers of market growth in the coming years.”

So fresh off the WikiLeaks supporters’ DoS attacks and the Stuxnet worm, and with cloud computing solutions on nearly everyone’s radar, it’s good to know that computer network security will be an area of focus for data centers and organizations. If you’re not sure how secure your computing environment is it might be good to start of the year with a computer network security audit.

About Mark Teter Before he retired from ASG in 2013, Mark Teter was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the author of 'Paradigm Shift: Seven Keys of Highly successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions.' As CTO, Mark regularly advised IT organizations, vendors, and government agencies, and he frequently conducted seminars and training programs.

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