Business Week writes: “While overall IT spending is likely to slide next year, companies plan to buy plenty of security products from the market’s top names.” The leaders: Cisco, Checkpoint, NetScreen and Symantec.
Of the future, BW writes: “Faster growth will come from advanced forms of protection, such as intrusion detection, plus tools that protect specific applications on corporate networks and vulnerability-assessment software and services. IDS is the star of the moment….A smaller sector with slightly slower growth is vulnerability assessment. That involves engaging tech experts to check a corporate network’s security by probing and testing it…Another big growth area is protecting servers and desktop machines. Most companies large and small now use some form of perimeter firewall protection to protect their networks combined with antivirus software on mail servers and individual desktops.”
A related story discusses open-source security software.