The network security sandbox market—which barely existed a few years ago—is set to grow “immensely” as advanced persistent threats (APTs) create a need for a behavioral approach to detecting malware, according to research from Frost & Sullivan.

The market will grow to $3.5 billion by 2019, up from $537 million in 2014, predicts the report, Network Security Sandbox Market Analysis.

“Traditional signature-based defenses are still an important part of network security, providing protection against non-targeted malware,” Frank Dickson. Frost & Sullivan network security research director, said in a statement. “However, protecting a network with signature-based defenses alone is folly and therefore the sandbox technology is becoming a standard fixture in network security architectures.”

Since a network security sandbox is a component, although an important component of an advanced threat solution, its efficacy should be tested within an organization’s environment, the report says. Efficacy is not limited to the effectiveness of the sandbox, “but extends to the complete solution within which the sandbox operates,” the study notes.

Because efficacy will be highly influenced by the ability to work with other security components, integration will be a key differentiator in the market, the firm says. In addition, non-sandbox advanced analytics will become increasingly important to bolster the effectiveness of advanced malware prevention solutions.

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