Public sector cuts hinder network security market growth, says Canalys

- Canalys reports worldwide enterprise network security market results for Q1 2011

Palo Alto, Singapore and Reading (UK) – Friday, 10 June 2011


Canalys today announced mixed first quarter results for the enterprise network security market, with a year-on-year increase of 10.8%, but a 5.0% decrease from Q4 2010.[1] Hit by seasonal trends, as well as constrained public sector and education vertical investment, the market finished the first quarter of 2011 at $1.8 billion worldwide.

On a regional basis, North America grew at 10.0% year-on-year, as the retail industry set higher security budgets to align with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, while healthcare institutions were required to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

The Europe, Middle East and Africa increased 7.2% year-on-year. While public sector budget cuts and national debt issues continued to curb investment in high-end appliances in Western Europe, the financial services industry increased its spending in an effort to reduce latency and minimize highly-publicized security breaches. The Arab Spring delayed security projects in parts of the Middle East and North Africa, with postponements likely to persist for some time.

Asia Pacific grew 13.0% annually; however, the full market impact of the Japanese earthquake is not expected to be felt until Q2. Latin America advanced the most, with a 47.7% year-on-year increase and a highly favorable outlook for the remainder of the year.

‘Though public budget cuts hampered overall growth, the enterprise network security market remained fairly healthy last quarter,’ said Canalys Research Analyst Nushin Hernandez. ‘Increasing local and international regulatory requirements across different industries provided a critical counterbalance to weak government spending.’ 

In terms of vendor performance, market leader Cisco experienced a slight dip in share from 27.9% to 25.8%. Check Point gained market share from 12.3% to 13.0%, with Juniper Networks right behind at 12.0%. Fortinet jumped up to 6.1% from 5.0%, thanks to the launch of new enterprise products. Aggressive pricing tactics hindered the performance of some vendors, with Palo Alto Networks, SonicWALL and WatchGuard all attempting to gain share.

‘The numerous mergers and acquisitions we’ve seen recently are likely to continue throughout the year,’ said Canalys Analyst Alex Smith. ‘Consolidation will be fuelled by both incumbent vendors trying to become one-stop shops for all enterprise security requirements and hardware vendors attempting to add security to their portfolios.’

Canalys also expects the service provider sector to boost global investment over the coming quarters, as operators orient their security requirements to handle Distributed Denial of Service attacks and mobile backhaul issues. Meanwhile, ever-increasing enterprise network exposure to smart phones will keep Network Access Control (NAC) adoption healthy, maintaining last year’s dramatic increase.  

Worldwide enterprise netword security market

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[1] Canalys enterprise network security market results include the total end-user value for firewall, NAC, SSL VPN, IPS and Integrated Threat Management (ITM) products.

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