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IT Security Spending will Reach $101.6 Billion in 2020

IT security issues continue to be top-of-mind for many enterprise organizations. Worldwide revenues for security-related hardware, software, and services will grow from $73.7 billion in 2016 to reach $101.6 billion in 2020, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

This security-related spending represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.3 percent -- that's more than twice the rate of overall IT spending growth, over the five-year forecast period. The ongoing demand for hybrid cloud infrastructure will likely be a catalyst for enhanced security.

"Today's security climate is such that enterprises fear becoming victims of the next major cyber attack or cyber extortion," said Sean Pike, program vice president at IDC. "As a result, security has become heavily scrutinized by boards of directors demanding that security budgets are used wisely and solutions operate at peak efficiency."

Security Solutions Market Development

The industries making the largest investments in security solutions in 2016 will be banking ($8.6 billion), followed by discrete manufacturing, federal or central government, and process manufacturing.

These four industries will deliver 37 percent of worldwide security revenues this year and will remain the largest industries in terms of total spending throughout the five year forecast.

The industries that will see the fastest growth in their security investments will be healthcare (10.3 percent CAGR), followed by telecommunications, utilities, state/local government, and securities and investment services. Each of these industries will experience CAGRs above 9.0 percent over the forecast period.

The largest category of new investment will be security-related services, which will account for nearly 45 percent of all security spending worldwide in 2016. The largest segment, managed security services, is forecast to generate revenues of $13 billion this year.

Security software will be the second largest category in 2016, with endpoint security, identity and access management, and security and vulnerability management software driving more than 75 percent of the category's revenues.

Security hardware revenues will reach $14.0 billion in 2016, led by purchases of unified threat management systems. One of the fastest growing segments of the security products market will be user behavior analytics software with a CAGR of 12.2 percent.

Outlook for Security Market Growth

Managed security services will generally be the largest market segment of new spending among the industries making the largest security investments. Identity and access management software and unified threat management hardware will typically receive the greatest share of revenues in each of these categories.

From a geographic perspective, the United States will be the largest market for security products throughout the forecast. In 2016, the U.S. is forecast to see $31.5 billion in security-related investments. Western Europe will be the second largest market with revenues of nearly $19.5 billion this year, followed by the Asia-Pacfic (excluding Japan) region.

Asia-Pacfic (excluding Japan) will also be the fastest growing region with a CAGR of 13.8 percent over the 2016-2020 forecast period, followed by the Middle East & Africa (MEA) and Western Europe.

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