McAfee overtakes Blue Coat to lead content security market share in Q4 2013, says Infonetics

Enterprise security vendor McAfee has overtaken Blue Coat to lead the content security market share in Q4 2013, said Infonetics Research.

Enterprise IT vendor Cisco is in the third position, while Websense is in the fourth position, said Infonetics Research in its Content Security Gateway Appliances, Software, and SaaS market share and forecast report, which tracks gateway software, gateway appliances, and SaaS (software-as-a-service).


The report said content security gateway revenue (including appliances and software) dipped 5 percent to $2.78 billion in 2013.

The content security market rose 1.2 percent sequentially in Q4 2013, to $702 million.

SaaS revenue for content security gateways reached $165 million in Q4 2013, up 6 percent over Q3 2013, and up 23 percent over Q4 2012.

The impact of the Snowden leaks is beginning to take shape, with some vendors reporting difficulties as a result of the disclosures; the most likely places of impact for security products are China, Brazil, and emerging economies where major infrastructure upgrades are happening.

“The standalone content security gateway product market will contract slowly through 2018, but there’s reason to be enthusiastic about the overall opportunity to sell security solutions. The money’s transitioning away from standalone web and mail hardware and software to hosted solutions and SaaS, as well as integrated appliances with web and mail security functionality,” said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.

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