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Infonetics: Network Security Market Up 10% in 2012 as Competition Heats Up; Content Security Rebounds in Q4

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 1:26 PM

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from 2 4th quarter (4Q12) and year-end security reports: Network Security Appliances and Software and Content Security Gateway Appliances, Software, and SaaS.


"In the network security appliances and software market, vendors are actively jockeying to take advantage of competitor slip-ups,” observes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research. Challengers like Palo Alto, Fortinet, Sourcefire, and Dell SonicWALL will continue to make life interesting for Cisco, Check Point, and Juniper in 2013. When they find success, it will be because they exploit dis-satisfaction with the pricing, efficacy, performance, and feature breadth of the products from the top 3 vendors.”

Wilson adds: “Meanwhile, though we finally saw a slight rebound in the content security market in the 4th quarter with appliance products leading the way, the content security gateway market actually contracted slightly in 2012 for the first time ever. Vendors in this space are navigating two tricky transitions: from products to services/SaaS, and from single-function solutions to integrated solutions.”


  • 2012 ended with a bang for most network security vendors, with high-end appliances driving a good portion of the growth
  • Worldwide, network security appliance and software revenue grew 10% in 2012 to $6.3 billion, and is up 7% from the year-ago 4th quarter, at $1.7 billion
  • Integrated security appliances have gained share every quarter since 4Q11
  • In 2012, Cisco, Check Point, Juniper, McAfee, and Fortinet led the network security market, though Infonetics expects possible share changes in 2013


Infonetics’ quarterly network security report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2017, analysis, and trends for integrated security appliances, secure routers, SSL VPN gateways, VPN and firewall software, and network-based intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS) products. Vendors tracked: AEP, Alcatel-Lucent, Array Networks, CA, Check Point, Cisco, Citrix, D-Link, Enterasys, eSoft, F5, Fortinet, GTA, HP, Huawei, ISS, Juniper, McAfee, NetASQ, Palo Alto Networks, SonicWALL, Sourcefire, Stonesoft, WatchGuard, ZyXEL, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.


  • Following several quarters of declines, global content security gateway revenue (appliances and software) grew 4% in 4Q12, to $748 million
  • However, for the 1st time since its inception, the content security market contracted slightly in 2012, falling to $2.9 billion
  • Appliances accounted for over 60% of content security gateway revenue in 2012
  • The top 3 content security vendors for 4Q12 and the full year 2012 are McAfee, Blue Coat, and Cisco
  • Infonetics expects the content security market to be close to flat in 2013, growing in the low single digits


Infonetics’ quarterly content security report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2017, analysis, and trends for content security gateway software (messaging, web/malware), gateway appliances (messaging, web/malware, integrated), and SaaS (messaging, web/malware). Vendors tracked: Barracuda, Blue Coat, Cisco, Citrix, McAfee, SonicWALL, Symantec, Trend Micro, Websense, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.


  • Infonetics’ latest Security research brief: http://bit.ly/ZiYxVx
  • Employee-owned “rogue” devices a top reason enterprises invest in mobile device security
  • Data center security buyers wrestling with network upgrades and massive attack volume
  • Mobile, data center verticals driving DDoS prevention market


Download Infonetics’ market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at http://www.infonetics.com/login.

  • 4Q12 Total Security Pivot
  • Cloud and CPE Managed Security Services
  • Data Center Security Products
  • Data Center Security Strategies and Vendor Leadership: N.A. Enterprise Survey
  • DDoS Prevention Appliances
  • High-End Firewall Strategies and Vendor Leadership: N.A. Enterprise Survey
  • Mobile Device Security Client Software
  • SMS/MMS Security Gateways


Visit https://www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events to learn more or register for Infonetics events.

  • Using DPI and Metadata to Strengthen SIEM (Mar. 27: Register)
  • Securing and Managing Mobile Devices in a BYOD World (Sponsorships available)
  • SMS/MMS Security Platforms for Mobile Carriers (Sponsorships available)


N. America (West), Asia, Latin America: Larry Howard, larry@infonetics.com, +1 408-583-3335

N. America (East), Texas, Midwest: Scott Coyne, scott@infonetics.com, +1 408-583-3395

Europe, Middle East, Africa: George Stojsavljevic, george@infonetics.com, +44 755-488-1623

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp


Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively. View Infonetics’ About Us slides at http://bit.ly/QUrbrV.

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