The secure content management (SCM) software market is expected to reach $6.4 billion in 2007, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19 percent. Anti-spam products will continue to be an important adoption driver for secure content management technologies throughout the forecast period of 2003-2007, according to IDC.

“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,” said 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.”

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. 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 organization to legal liability because of the offensive nature of some messages. Spam is also another conduit for unknown viral applications into the corporation, for links to pornographic or objectionable Web sites and for leaks of sensitive company information.

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 $236 million in 2002 to $1.1 billion in 2007. IDC anticipates Web filtering to be the second- fastest-growing segment of the secure management software market, increasing to $893 million in 2007. The largest segment of this market, antivirus software, will grow the slowest over the forecast period, reaching $4.4 billion in 2007.

IDC’s recently published study, Worldwide Secure Content Management Forecast Update and Competitive Vendor Shares, 2002-2007, examines the secure content management (SCM) software market from 2001-2007, providing vendor revenue trends and market growth forecasts. Market trends, vendor revenue and market shares of leading vendors, and a five-year growth forecast of this market for 2003-2007 are also included.

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