Gartner Predicts $9.1 Billion Security Apps Market

While technology vendors and security analysts continue to endorse the notion that anti-virus software is increasingly becoming commoditized, sales of the IT systems defense tools will help drive $9.1 billion in security applications sales during 2007, according to researchers at Gartner.

The Stamford, Conn.-based analysis firm released its annual security software market growth estimates on Feb. 1, projecting the 10.7 percent gain in sales for the year, compared to the $8.2 billion in security applications sold during calendar 2006.

Gartner contends that a commanding $4.9 billion, or 53.8 percent, of all security applications sold during 2007 will be anti-virus products—made by companies such as Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro, Sophos, Kaspersky, Panda, Microsoft and CA.

However, the research firm reported that traditional, signature-based anti-virus technologies will continue to be augmented with more pro-active defense applications—such as IPS (intrusion prevention systems), behavior-monitoring tools and NAC (network access control) software.

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