Spending on security solutions to reach $133.7 billion in 2022, says IDC

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Worldwide spending on security-related hardware, software, and services is forecast to reach $133.7 billion in 2022, according to the new update to the Worldwide Semiannual Security Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC). Although spending growth is expected to gradually slow over the 2017-2022 forecast period, the market will still deliver a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.9 percent. As a result, security spending in 2022 will be 45 percent greater than the $92.1 billion forecast for 2018.

“Privacy has grabbed the attention of Boards of Directors as regions look to implement privacy regulation and compliance standards similar to GDPR. Frankly, privacy is the new buzzword and the potential impact is very real. The result is that demand to comply with such standards will continue to buoy security spending for the foreseeable future,” said Frank Dickson, research vice president, Security Products.

Security-related services will be both the largest ($40.2 billion in 2018) and the fastest growing (11.9 percent CAGR) category of worldwide security spending. Managed security services will be the largest segment within the services category, delivering nearly 50 percent of the category total in 2022. Integration services and consulting services will be responsible for most of the remainder. Security software is the second-largest category with spending expected to total $34.4 billion in 2018. Endpoint security software will be the largest software segment throughout the forecast period, followed by identity and access management software and security and vulnerability management software. The latter will be the fastest growing software segment with a CAGR of 10.7 percent. Hardware spending will be led by unified threat management solutions, followed by firewall and content management.

Banking

Banking will be the industry making the largest investment in security solutions, growing from $10.5 billion in 2018 to $16.0 billion in 2022. Security-related services, led by managed security services, will account for more than half of the industry’s spend throughout the forecast. The second and third largest industries, discrete manufacturing and federal/central government ($8.9 billion and $7.8 billion in 2018, respectively), will follow a similar pattern with services representing roughly half of each industry’s total spending. The industries that will see the fastest growth in security spending will be telecommunications (13.1 percent CAGR), state/local government (12.3 percent CAGR), and the resource industry (11.8 percent CAGR).

“Security remains an investment priority in every industry as companies seek to protect themselves from large scale cyber attacks and to meet expanding regulatory requirements,” said Eileen Smith, program director, Customer Insights and Analysis. “While security services are an important part of this investment strategy, companies are also investing in the infrastructure and applications needed to meet the challenges of a steadily evolving threat environment.”

The United States will be the largest geographic market for security solutions with total spending of $39.3 billion this year. The United Kingdom will be the second largest geographic market in 2018 at $6.1 billion followed by China ($5.6 billion), Japan ($5.1 billion), and Germany ($4.6 billion). The leading industries for security spending in the U.S. will be discrete manufacturing and the federal/central government. In the UK, banking and discrete manufacturing will deliver the largest security spending while telecommunications and banking will be the leading industries in China. China will see the strongest spending growth with a five-year CAGR of 26.6 percent. Malaysia and Singapore will be the second and third fastest-growing regions with CAGRs of 21.1 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively.

Businesses

From a company size perspective, large and very large businesses (those with more than 500 employees) will be responsible for nearly two-thirds of all security-related spending in 2018. Large (500-999 employees) and medium businesses (100-499 employees) will see the strongest spending growth over the forecast, with CAGRs of 11.8 percent and 10.0 percent respectively. However, very large businesses (more than 1,000 employees) will grow nearly as fast with a five-year CAGR of 10.1 percent. Small businesses (10-99 employees) will also experience solid growth (8.9 percent CAGR) with spending expected to be more than $8.0 billion in 2018.

The Worldwide Semiannual Security Spending Guide quantifies the global revenue opportunity for both core and next-generation security purchases. The guide offers detailed forecast data for security spending by 20 industries across nine regions and 53 countries. Unlike any other research in the industry, the comprehensive spending guide was designed to help IT decision-makers to clearly understand the industry-specific scope and direction of security-related spending today and over the next five years.

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