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Secure Computing named Worldwide Leader of the Web Security Appliances Segment by IDC

September 2008 by Marc Jacob

Secure Computing Corporation announced that it has been named the worldwide market leader for Web security appliances, according to leading market research firm IDC. New data within the August 2008 IDC report, "Worldwide Web Security 2008-2012 Forecast and 2007 Vendor Shares" shows that Secure Computing owns 11 percent of the worldwide Web security appliance market over all other vendors, including Blue Coat, McAfee and Trend Micro.

According to the IDC report, the Web security market consists of three distinct segments: software, appliances and hosted services. The appliance segment of the Web security market space reached $256.7 million in 2007 and is projected to hit $745.4 million within the next five years. IDC forecasts an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.6 percent per year for the next five years. The Web security appliance sector is thereby projected to outpace the Web security software sector by more than a three to one ratio. With Secure Computing leading the way in the appliances space, the company is positioned to capitalize on this forecasted growth. Additionally, this leadership position validates ongoing efforts by the company to protect against and address growing Web 2.0 concerns.

In October 2007, Secure Computing spearheaded the "Secure Web 2.0 Anti-Threat" (SWAT) initiative to help businesses implement a preemptive security architecture that protects their environments as existing Web and messaging threats increase and new threats arise. As IDC states in the report, "the Web has become the new threat vector of choice by hackers and cyber criminals to distribute malware and perpetuate identity theft, financial fraud and corporate espionage."

"Secure Computing’s leadership in the Web security market is due to its ability to offer a complete portfolio of Web Gateway Security appliances that protect enterprises from Web 2.0 threats," said Brian Burke, program director for IDC. "In addition to highly sophisticated heuristic and signature-based techniques, Secure Computing employs TrustedSource(TM) global reputation-based technology, which monitors the behavior of Internet entities in real time and assigns reputation-based scores to provide preemptive protection against viruses, spyware and other malware at the source, even before signatures are available."

According to IDC, Web security includes Web filtering products, Web anti-malware products, Web application firewall products and Web content filtering products. Web security products are deployed on software, appliance and hosted service platforms. Web security products protect against both inbound (malware) and outbound (data leakage) threats.

Secure Computing’s leadership in this market is fueled by demands from enterprises for a comprehensive, integrated security solution that can help address a variety of security requirements with reduced cost and management complexity.

About Secure Computing’s Web 2.0 Initiative

Using research results and global threat data from its industry-leading reputation system TrustedSource, Secure Computing launched "SWAT," the Secure Web 2.0 Anti-Threat Initiative. This initiative was announced in October 2007 and aimed at raising awareness of Web 2.0 threats, providing essential guidance on threat protection and delivering leading solutions that help organizations protect themselves in today’s environment. As part of SWAT, Secure Computing offers research findings, best practices, design criteria, white papers, product information and more.




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