Anti-spam products drive SCM market

The secure content management (SCM) software market is expected to reach US$6.4 billion in 2007 as an increasing number of end user organisations deploy anti-spam products within their IT environments.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  August 12, 2003

The secure content management (SCM) software market is expected to reach US$6.4 billion in 2007, according to IDC. The sector’s 19% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) will, primarily, be driven by the growing adoption of anti-spam products as an increasing number of end user organisations tire of junk mail and the potential dangers it can bring.

“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,” he adds.

Spam is no longer just a nuisance, it is quickly becoming a potential legal liability and a major productivity drain for corporate IT departments and users alike. According to IDC, it not only drains worker productivity and consumes valuable IT resources such as disk storage, central processing unit (CPU) cycles, and network bandwidth, but it can also expose the organisation to legal liability because of the offensive nature of some messages.

Message security, which includes anti-spam products, is the smallest segment of the secure content management software market, but will grow the fastest over the forecast period of 2003-2007, increasing from US$236 million in 2002 to US$1.1 billion in 2007. IDC anticipates Web filtering to be the second-fastest-growing segment of the secure management software market, increasing 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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