Worldwide security market storms ahead in Q4 2009
– Security in Q4 2009 grows 10.1% sequentially
Palo Alto, Singapore and Reading ( ) – Friday, 12 March 2010 UK
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· The worldwide security market was worth a total of $3.6 billion in Q4 2009
· Security hardware and software grew 3.6% year-on-year in the fourth quarter
· Juniper Networks grew its share of the appliance market to 13.1%
· Client software rebounded strongly with the resurgence in PC spending
Q4 2009 research highlights
Like most industries, the security market experienced declines during much of 2009 as panicking businesses avoided or delayed IT procurement. But as macro-economic conditions began to stabilize and business confidence returned, spending also resumed. In the fourth quarter of 2009, delayed refreshment business and end-of-year budget spend contributed to security’s strong sequential growth of 10.1%, with the total market reaching $3.6 billion.
Client security software grew strongest year-on-year during the quarter, by 8.6%. ‘The release of Windows 7 and the resurgence of the PC market have dramatically helped the client security market,’ said Nikki Babatola, Analyst at Canalys. ‘This improvement will likely continue throughout 2010 as businesses roll out more computer systems.’ Symantec retook the top spot in client security in the second half of 2009, with a year-on-year growth rate of 12.3% in the fourth quarter and 26.7% market share. McAfee grew 6.4% to leave it in second place. Trend Micro had strong growth of 13.9% and increased its market share to 14.3%.
Cisco retained the number one position in IT security with a market share of 17.9%. ‘It is still the dominant vendor in the appliance market, with a market share of 27.7%,’ said Canalys Analyst
The buoyant mood in the security market was also reflected by those attending the RSA security conference in
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