Gartner: Almost half of security software market controlled by five vendors

Gartner: Almost half of security software market controlled by five vendors

Summary: Nearly half of the security software market is controlled by the top five vendors, according to the latest survey from the Gartner research firm. However, there is still a considerable drop.

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Nearly half of the security software market is controlled by the top five vendors, according to the latest survey from the Gartner research firm. However, there is still a considerable drop.

Gartner found that approximately "44 percent of the $16.5 billion worldwide security software market in 2010 belonged to Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro, IBM and EMC." That's still a large chunk of the pie, but when you consider it to the 60 percent status in 2006, it's easier to see how things have slid.

As seen in Gartner's graph below, Symantec has taken the biggest hit in the last five years:

Ruggero Contu, principal research analyst at Gartner, attributes part of the decline to a rise in competition:

Market expansion and innovation are driven partly as a result of new start-up players entering the market. New players bring innovative technology solutions to cater for end-user requirements that in turn are created as a result of the new threats, often introduced by cybercriminals taking advantage of new vulnerabilities created by changes to IT ecosystems.

Yet, there is still room for this market to fluctuate either way, meaning that the security software market could be re-consolidated to four or five major players as most end users actually tend to prefer fewer but more familiar choices.

However, as Contu reiterates that newer and more unusual security threats will thwart this from time to time:

The complexity of end users' product portfolios will not be solved in the short term because new, stand-alone niche tools will continue to be purchased to solve new rising threats and vulnerabilities that incumbent players haven't been able to address.

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  • RE: Gartner: Almost half of security software market controlled by five vendors

    @Rachel Why is this news? There are lots of choices available to both enterprises and consumers in the security software market. I'd say it's healthier than many software-related markets.<br><br>Most of the desktop operating system market is still controlled by one vendor: Microsoft. And almost all of the desktop operating system market is controlled by two vendors: Microsoft and Apple.<br><br>Almost all of the mobile operating system market is controlled by four vendors: Apple, Google, RIM and Nokia.<br><br>Until the recent emergence of 'NoSQL' database management systems, almost half of the database management system market was controlled by one vendor: Oracle. And most of the SQL database management system market is controlled by three vendors: Oracle, Microsoft and IBM.<br><br>Almost all of the Office Suite market is controlled by one vendor: Microsoft.
    Rabid Howler Monkey
    • RE: Gartner: Almost half of security software market controlled by five vendors

      @Rabid Howler Monkey
      I looked at this and saw what I thought was news. In 4 years time the top 5 vendors control 15% less of the global market. To me that is news.

      The "News" that you pointed out with 1 exception is quite well known and deemed NOT newsworthy. pfft... MS owns the PC market OMG... iPhones are to simple to use OMG... Database management is controlled by some freak at Oracle... OMG

      @Rachel Keep doing what you're doing, I was surprised to see the change on paper. Though I do see it in my own little world of IT, for looking at companies that have 1 goal and that is Security. I am pretty sure when you think IBM you are not thinking Anti-Virus, but when you have 15 million in computers and IBM throws in their "managment" software with AV, why buy others when you already own one.
      dbisse@...
      • RE: Gartner: Almost half of security software market controlled by five vendors

        @dbisse@... I enjoy Rachel's articles too. It was a valid question.<br><br>The examples of markets with limited competition in my post were not meant as news. They were provided for comparative purposes.<br><br>The security software sector was competitive 5 years ago and it remains competitive today. In fact, as the article points out, a bit more so. This is good for enterprises and consumers.<br><br>And since you mentioned IBM in your post, I'll bring up the mainframe market. They've done a pretty darn good job of stomping out their competition. In fact, anti-competitive complaints have been formally made to the EC. Again, not news, but thanks for reminding me.
        Rabid Howler Monkey
  • RE: Gartner: Almost half of security software market controlled by five vendors

    Nice, wonder where AVG and Microsoft will be standing in the security software market during 2012
    MrElectrifyer