Secure future for SCM software

The secure content management (SCM) software market is expected to hit US$6.4 billion in 2007, according to IDC, which represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19%.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  August 7, 2003

The secure content management (SCM) software market is expected to hit US$6.4 billion in 2007, according to IDC, which represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19%. Anti-spam products will continue to be an important driver for SCM technologies throughout 2003-2007.

“Virus infection is still the main concern regarding corporate security, but other factors, such as spam and regulatory compliance (e.g., HIPAA, GLBA, and SEC), are increasingly driving the adoption of secure content management technologies,” says Brian Burke, research manager for IDC’s security products service.

“Anti-spam will continue to be an important adoption driver in the messaging security market, however IDC believes it will become a feature of messaging security and not a distinct market.”

The analyst house states that aside from being a pain and a major productivity drain for both workers and IT systems, spam is quickly becoming a potential legal liability because of offensive content and images. Junk e-mailing is also a conduit for unknown viral applications into the corporation, for links to pornographic or objectionable seb sites, and for leaks of sensitive company information.

IDC says that message security, which includes anti-spam products, is the smallest segment of the SCM software market, but will grow the fastest between 2003 and 2007, increasing from US$236 million in 2002 to US$1.1 billion in 2007. The second fastest growing segment is expected to be web filtering, which will increase to US$893 million in 2007. The largest segment of this market, antivirus software, will grow the slowest over the forecast period, reaching US$4.4 billion in 2007.

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