Blog: Security appliance spending rose during Q4, study finds

Tuesday 26 March 2013

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Spending on security appliances is continuing to rise in the global markets - suggesting that businesses and organisations recognise the importance of guarding their computers and networks.

The latest Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker from IDC points to a welcome rise of 7.2 per cent in spending during the fourth quarter of 2012, on a year-on-year basis.

Shipments increased 5.2 per cent to 538,428 units as more companies and home PC users invested in security appliances.

Asia/Pacific continued to see the highest growth at 18 per cent year-over-year, with a 19.3 per cent rise in Q4 2012.

Western Europe growth picked up in the final quarter of 2012, with factory revenue rising 3.9 per cent versus Q4 2011.

"Typical fourth quarter seasonality seemed to help the market a bit, with overall growth picking up thanks to end-of-year initiatives on the vendor side and budget flush on the buyer side," said John Grady, research manager for security products at IDC.

"Organisations continue to prioritise security within their overall IT budget. With advanced, targeted threats a growing concern, IDC expects continued high single-digit growth in the security appliance segment."

With PC users facing a number of external threats when using the internet, news of increased spending on protective security solutions must be seen as a positive for the industry.

Posted by Alex Boardman