Photo - Vu Anh Tien, Research Analyst for ICT, Frost & Sullivan APAC.
Following Frost & Sullivan's new analysis of the global integrated security platform market, which earned a revenue of US$3.25 billion in 2013 and is estimated to reach US$5.32 billion in 2018, the analyst firm said that Malaysia's adoption was expected to grow beyond the small and medium business sector in the next few years.
Frost & Sullivan APAC research analyst for ICT, Vu Anh Tien said its report - Analysis of the Global Unified Threat Management (UTM) and Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) Market - showed that advanced threats have strengthened demand for these integrated security platforms.
"Malaysian enterprises spent around US$30 million on integrated security appliances in 2013, and are forecast to invest more than US$74.2 million in 2020," said Vu.
"The integrated security platform has been gaining great traction among Malaysian businesses, especially small and medium businesses [SMBs] as it can provide businesses with the flexibility to extend security capabilities such as threat management, firewall, SSL VPN, AV, IPS, Web content filtering, access control, threat protection at lower-cost manner than other point solutions," he said.
"Enterprises find tremendous value in the deployment flexibility of NGFW and UTM solutions," said Frost & Sullivan senior network security analyst, Chris Rodriguez. "These solutions deliver several vital network protection functions that can be deployed and scaled in a number of ways to best meet changing regulations and end-user needs."
In addition to solving deficiencies ingrained within existing firewalls, NGFW and UTM platforms provide greater contextual data about network traffic, which businesses can use to create and enforce effective network security policies, said Rodriguez.
"End users prefer NGFW and UTM solutions integrated with security technologies such as Web and email security or intrusion prevention systems," he said. "This demand for consolidated firewall products that also provide a high degree of performance and security efficacy will drive merger and acquisition activity in the global market."
Malaysian enterprise space
"Though the adoption of the platform in Malaysia mainly comes from SMBs, we believe that it would become more popular among large enterprises in the next few years," said Frost & Sullivan's Vu.
"The refresh cycles of security infrastructure and the benefits of standardizing the central management and control of multiple security services that a consolidated platform can offer to protect their entire infrastructure will drive the huge adoption among the sector," he said.
"Besides, the dynamically changing IT landscape is also causing the security platform to evolve into the next generation where it may be integrated with other management functionalities of wireless networks and unified communications such as VoIP and IP-based cameras," Vu said. "In this light, the platform is able to provide enterprises with even greater values for a complete security solution to tackle multiple security challenges."
Ultimately, NGFW and UTM vendors must simplify their marketing messages, he said. Enterprises are striving to reduce business risks; therefore, marketing messages should communicate the addition of new features without losing sight of broader security and networking goals.
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