Intrusion detection system (IDS) hardware and software sales are set to rocket as technology shifts are completed, according to the latest figures from consulting firm Infonetics Research.
Sales of IDS products reached $94m (£60m) for the second quarter of 2002 but are expected to grow 45 per cent to $135m (£86m) in 2003. The total value of the global market in 2002 was $393m (£250m).
The Europe, Middle East and Africa market currently accounts for 19 per cent of total global sales, but this is set to rise, according to the research.
Jeff Wilson, executive director of Infonetics Research, said in a statement: "The IDS market is experiencing some disruptive technology shifts but is poised for dramatic growth over the next couple of years."
This depended on more hardware entering the market, IDS technology being integrated into network and security products, and the edge security market continuing to grow, he added.
David Ellis, director of e-security at security distributor Unipalm, agreed that there would be strong growth in this area as vendors develop new, simpler products.
"There have been a number of factors that have slowed IDS adoption in the past, namely the complexity of deployment and management and cost and performance. But vendors have recognised these and brought products to market that address these issues," he said.
Gary Haycock-West, managing director at reseller Blue Cube, indicated that the second generation of IDS systems are more appealing to a larger customer base.
"The vendors have seen that IDS systems are too expensive and we have had a host of companies with more IDS in a box, which is more affordable and scalable," he said.
There is an important after-sale role for the reseller with IDS products requiring configuration and maintenance if users are to get the best out of them.
"Good margins can be made by resellers of IDS that provide installation skills and ongoing checks," said Ellis.
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