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Security Appliance Market Tops $6.1 Billion in a Single Quarter

According to market research firm IDC, the security appliance market saw a substantial increase year over year, with five manufacturers dominating in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Total revenues for security appliances worldwide came in slightly above $6.11 billion — a 4.7% increase from the same period the previous year. The top-5 manufacturers accounted for more than half of that, about $3.529 billion.

Palo Alto Networks topped the list, at $973.75 million, representing growth of 10.2% from the same period last year. Fortinet, which saw the greatest growth among the top 5, at 24.5% year over year, came in at $966.61 million. Cisco was third at $921.08 million, with 4% YoY growth. Check Point came in fourth, at $473.04 million with 2.3% growth. And SonicWALL rounded out the top 5 at $194.16 million, with 5.8% growth.

The rest of the market saw a decline of 2.4% year over year, coming in at $2.582 billion.

IDC defines the security appliance market as "the following technology categories (content management, IDP, traditional firewall, unified threat management, and VPN) and products (messaging security, WAM, web security, IDS, IPS, traditional firewall, unified threat management, hybrid VPN, IPsec VPN, and SSL VPN)."

According to IDC, the Americas saw the strongest overall growth, at 10% year over year, with the United States leading the way.

Overall, unified threat management (UTM) and firewalls accounted for 77.3% of the security appliance market, with UTM seeing the strongest growth of any category, at 8.9%.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 29-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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