Sale of desktop and mobile security client software to reach $7.3 billion by 2016

Infotech Lead America: Sale of desktop and mobile security client software is likely to touch $7.3 billion by 2016.

Infonetics expects mobile security client software revenue to grow 63 percent in 2012 on the heels of 76 percent annual growth in 2011.

The much bigger desktop/laptop security client software segment is forecast to grow at a comparatively modest 0.9 percent compound annual growth rate from 2011 to 2016.

Perennial frontrunners Symantec (#1) and McAfee (#2) continue to lead the security software market, although upstart mobile and hosted vendors could soon shake up the market share landscape.

“Coming off the spike in 2011, the perennially strong desktop security client segment is slowing as companies turn their attention to mobile and cloud-based security solutions,” said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.

“More and more consumers and enterprises are using smartphones and tablets in place of traditional desktops and laptops, fueling an increase in mobile malware and the need for mobile-specific security products. As a result, we expect mobile solutions to grow to over a third of the total security client software market by 2016,” Wilson added.

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