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24 May 2012

Gartner Says Security Software Market Grew 7.5 Per Cent in 2011

Worldwide security software revenue totalled $17.7 billion in 2011, a 7.5 per cent increase from 2010 revenue of $16.4 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. Small or midsize business (SMB) demand, advanced persistent threats and compliance were among the main drivers.

"Growth in the 2011 security market reflects a continuation in demand for consumer and enterprise security tools," said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner. "However, despite overall solid growth, some regions did not experience the high-double-digit growth of emerging Asia/Pacific and Eurasia, which has been driven by 'Greenfield' projects and buoyant economies. Western Europe remained the laggard because of the region's uncertain economic situation."

The security software market continued to show resilience at a time of IT budget restrictions and despite Intel writing down considerable revenue following its McAfee acquisition, which prevented the market from reaching double-digit growth. McAfee was acquired by Intel on 28 February 2011, and the company's significant decline in revenue in 2011 was due to the fact that, as a result of normal purchase accounting rules, Intel was required to write down approximately 30 per cent of McAfee's $1.4 billion of deferred revenue.

Gartner analysts said McAfee has a strong brand and market presence which originates from its primary focus and specialisation on security, in both the consumer and enterprise markets. On the enterprise side, McAfee has been expanding its security software offering to network security following its acquisition of Secure Computing in November 2008. With its mother company Intel, McAfee aims to build on both companies' competencies and have better integration between hardware and security. The McAfee DeepSAFE, a new low-level security agent that runs below the OS on Intel Core I-series processors, is an example of the innovation that this new corporate entity aims to bring to the market.

Trend Micro was the other major market share leader in the security software market with a strong presence in both the consumer and enterprise security space. During 2011, Trend Micro grew 11 per cent, generating $1.2 billion revenue, growth that unlike that of its main market competitors, was organic rather than from acquisitions.

"Products within the security market are undergoing rapid evolution, in terms of both new delivery models — with security as a service (SaaS) showing increasing popularity — and new technologies being introduced, often by startup companies," Mr Contu said. "Key vendors continued to expand their product portfolios in 2011, buying companies where appropriate and expanding their reach into emerging markets. Merger-and-acquisition activity also has been an important factor in shaping the market landscape, at least during the past five years."

Additional information is available in the Gartner report "Market Share Analysis: Security Software, Worldwide, 2011."

The report is available on Gartner's web site at http://www.gartner.com/resId=1982317.

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