AntiVirus Market Expected to Reach $9.4 Billion

April 7, 2005
April 7, 2005 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) - Web hosting providers offering a strong security solution look to prosper in the near future according to a new study. Research and Markets has announced the addition of AntiVirus Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2004 to 2004 to their offering.

The presence of vulnerabilities in components that are used in both corporate and consumer environments is worrisome. Between July 1, 2003, and December 31, 2003, there were 13 vulnerabilities that affected both corporate and consumer versions of Microsoft Windows.

Microsoft operating systems are designed for both corporate and consumer environments. Microsoft enterprise and client operating systems share common features and code. Development, maintenance, and support for these systems is more efficient.

It also means that vulnerabilities in shared components affect all environments that use those components. Microsoft DCOM RPC Interface buffer overflow vulnerability is a significant issue. Windows 2000 and Windows XP are vulnerable to this threat.

Exploitation of both corporate and consumer environments contributed to the proliferation of Blaster and Welchia. Corporate environments tend to be more immune to infection, due to the use of firewalls. E-mails generated by the self-contained engine of malicious code do not interact with the user email system. There are few signs of an active infection. Antivirus programs have heuristics-based detection that can resist these types of threats.

During the second half of 2003, threats to privacy and confidentiality were the fastest growing threat. There was a 519 percent growth in volume of submissions within the top 10 malicious code submissions compared to the first half of the year.

The key goal of anti-virus vendors is to continue to grow the anti-virus and intrusion prevention (content security) business faster than the Internet security industry. A focus in the corporate segment is on regional opportunity in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Security as a service business and web sales has a global focus. Marketing campaigns continue to promote content security.

AntiVirus market forecasts indicate continued market growth. Channel is significant for consumer markets, and network evolution is significant for corporate markets. Markets at $2.6 billion in 2003 are expected to reach $9.4 billion by 2009.

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