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Anti-spam products fuel growth in SCM sector

The secure content management (SCM) market is expected to yield steady growth over the coming four years, topping US$6.4 billion in 2007, according to IDC.

The secure content management (SCM) market is expected to yield steady growth over the coming four years, topping US$6.4 billion in 2007. According to IDC, the SCM sector will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over 19% during the period from 2003-07.The analyst group also reveals that anti-spam products will be a key driver in the growth of the SCM market.“Virus infection is still the main concern regarding corporate security, but other factors, such as spam and regulatory compliance, 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.The growing amount of spam mail has transformed it from a nuisance to a legal liability and a time consuming drain on both IT and staff resources. The junk mail takes up disk space and network bandwidth and slows CPU cycles, says IDC.The offensive or inappropriate content of spam mails can also lead to legal concerns for enterprises. As a result of these concerns, IDC reports that message security, which includes anti-spam solutions, will prove the fastest growing sector of the SCM market over the next four years. Although it is the smallest segment in the space, message security will grow from US$236 million in 2002 to US$1.1 billion in 2007.Web filtering will be the second fastest growing sector, hitting US$893 million in 2007, while antivirus software will remain the largest segment with returns of US$4.4 billion in 2007.

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