Security software booms in the Gulf

Monday, 25 August 2003, 10:26 AM EST

The software security market is booming in the Gulf, according to IDC. It says that the market hit US$44.31 million in 2002 with the secure content management (specifically antivirus software) segment overshadowing the rest of the market with a 57.2% share of spending.

"When it comes time to choose security products, many regional CIOs prefer to stick with easily understood, proven technologies such as firewalls and antivirus and avoid deploying more innovative technologies like intrusion detection and authentication," says Heini Booysen, senior analyst with IDC Middle East & North Africa.

"The general feeling tends to be that the more complex the systems, the more likely it is to be misconfigured leading to security holes, vulnerabilities, and exploits," he adds.

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