Investment Grows in Security Test Equipment Market

by CXOtoday Staff    Jun 26, 2007

Viruses are on the prowl in today’s network, continuing to circulate with alarming frequency. New distribution attack techniques pose a threat to traditional signature-based antivirus defenses. Due to such potential consequences of attacks, companies nowadays are investing in the latest and updated technologies for intrusion defense and detection protection.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan: “World Security Test Equipment Markets” finds that the security markets earned revenues of US$67.2 million in 2006 and estimates this to reach US$468.5 million in 2013.

According to a research analyst at Frost & Sullivan, after experiencing a growing number of high-profile hacks and data theft incidents, enterprises have realized the huge risks associated with virus/ spyware attacks and are increasingly willing to explore new technologies in security test equipment. The sheer ingenuity and financial backing of malware writers is forcing security application providers and security test vendors to develop innovative solutions on an extremely rapid development cycle.

The situation has become complex with the emergence of converged networks, since it effectively means that threats penetrating on one network can now spread to all of them. Initially confined to networked applications and internet services, threats can now impact cell phones, various mobile devices, telephones, and television services.

As a result of the ever changing attack techniques, test developers must introduce integrated solutions that can protect the user at all levels. New and specialized testing tools that have the ability to handle testing for different applications could open up significant opportunities for security test developers.

With the growth of the security market and the responsiveness of test developers to the changing threat environment, products that address specific problems have emerged. However, the complexity of the security infrastructure has reached a point where it has become very difficult for organizations to meet compliance requirements and manage numerous risks across multiple systems.

The findings report that organizations are increasingly seeking out solutions that not only meet the immediate technical requirements, but also integrate well into their overall management needs. The integration of network scanning, vulnerability remediation and network quarantine into a single, easily managed process is the key goal for network security technologies in the future.

Integration will most likely change the very face of network security. Providing a single solution can help each network segment to work more closely than before. It would enable gateways to react swiftly to virus detection and even intelligently isolate infected PCs from the network by communicating with the switch and preventing the spread. However, ease of use and affordability remain a key challenge faced by test developers and vendors.

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