Cisco drives network security market

The network security market grew 8% in 2008, driven largely by Cisco, which grew revenue in a traditionally slow fourth quarter.

Worldwide sales of network security appliances and software grew to $5.5 billion in 2008, according to Infonetics Research. Revenue was up 3% in Q4 over the same period for 2007. 

Infonetics' research tracks integrated security appliances in six price categories, secure routersintrusion detection and prevention products.

in three price categories, SSL VPN gateways, VPN and firewall software, and

inline and traditional network-based

Cisco remains the revenue-leading vendor overall with 40% of total network security appliances and software in 2008; Juniper is second, Check Point third, according to the firm. Other vendors posting strong revenue increases in 2008 include Citrix, Enterasys, McAfee and Sourcefire, Infonetics says.

The firm expects single-digit annual growth of network security software and appliances over the next few years.

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