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Cyber threats drive security market growth

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The worldwide IT security market maintained momentum in Q3 2017, growing 9% to reach $8-billion, according to the latest Canalys estimates.
“High-profile ransomware attacks and increasingly sophisticated phishing techniques have proved the need for businesses to reinforce their IT security to safeguard data assets and ensure continuity of operation,” says Claudio Stahnke, research analyst at Canalys.
Content security was the fastest-growing segment, with investment up 13% year on year. Network security grew 8%, while security management increased 5%.
The top five security vendors accounted for 34% of total spend, with Cisco accounting for the most, at 9%.
“Cisco grew 7% year on year, thanks to its strong channel partner focus and a broad product portfolio boosted by acquisitions,” says Stahnke. It was followed by Symantec, Check Point, IBM and McAfee, which all grew year on year. Under new leadership, Symantec maintained strong growth, up 22% following the integration of Blue Coat and LifeLock.
“In 2018, as hackers intensify the use of AI, attacks will become more sophisticated. This will increase demand for comprehensive security solutions, favouring those vendors with broad product portfolios,” says Stahnke.
IT security quarterly estimates, and market share and channel information are taken from Canalys’ Security Analysis service.