IDC predicts strong security app sales

Monday, 16 December 2002, 12:17 PM EST

Market forecasts made by researchers with International Data Corp suggest that integrated hardware appliances will next year become the primary purchase target for enterprises buying security software.

The firewall/virtual private network (VPN) security appliance market maintained a healthy growth rate of 34% from 2000 to 2001 and exceeded the $1bn mark in vendor revenue, the market researchers report.

Netscreen Technologies Inc, SonicWall Inc, Cisco Systems Inc and Nokia Internet Communications all sell high-speed integrated security appliances that host a variety of Virtual Private Network (VPN), firewall, anti-virus or content-filtering applications in a single unit. WatchGuard Technologies Inc also figures in the sector after it acquired RapidStream Inc, another supplier of high-speed security appliances.

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