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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Wireless Connectivity and Security Market

Wireless LAN (WLAN) technology has become a standard part of business networks, and portable computers with Wi-Fi and inexpensive wireless routers have made connectivity even more pervasive outside of the business premises, according to In-Stat's latest study.

These trends, and growth in the Wi-Fi phone market, pose key security challenges for IT managers, the high-tech market research firm says. Within wireless security, there are two distinct markets: client security to protect data when it is transmitted or stored on portable devices and facility security to monitor the RF environment and enforce policies to protect network operations and assets on the business premises.

Together these markets are projected to reach $10.2 billion by 2011.

"In early 2007, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced that it had certified nearly 100 Wi-Fi phones," says Victoria Fodale, In-Stat analyst. "Strong continued growth in this market is expected as operator deployments of combined Wi-Fi and cellular solutions increase worldwide."

The research entitled "Mobility and Security in U.S. Businesses: A Progress Report" covers the market for wireless connectivity and security. It includes results and analysis of an In-Stat survey of U.S. wireless business users and forecasts for wireless security spending through 2011. Extensive analysis of market trends is provided.

In-Stat's market study found the following:

- Between 2007 and 2011, close to 1.5 billion client devices with WLAN capability will ship.

- By 2011, dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi phones will comprise almost 50 percent of WLAN clients.

- Many of these devices will be purchased by consumers, not their companies.