The wireless intrusion detection and prevention systems (WIDPS) market was a niche market in the past, but is gaining prevalence as WLAN becomes more widespread and security threats get increasingly complex. The need for a WIDPS system is crucial in all vertical markets across the board as a result of compliance regulation and the necessity to secure corporate wireless networks.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (networksecurity.frost.com), World Wireless Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (WIPDS) Markets, finds that the market earned revenues of $150.0 million in 2007 and estimates this to reach $572.5 million in 2014.
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"While organizations are reaping the cost and productivity benefits associated with wireless networks, it is also crucial for organizations to protect its customer database and financial assets from the growing number of security threats," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Martha Vazquez. "As a result of security flaws associated with wireless networks, WIDPS is a key and necessary element in protecting a corporate network."
Wireless LAN is not as secure as a wired network and since there are many intruders that try to hack into networks for financial gain and consumer information, the government mandates legislation for organizations using a wireless network. For this reason, regulation and compliance requirements are the number one driver for the WIPDS market. Some of the most influential legislation in the WIDPS market are PCI, HIPAA, DOD policy, and Sarbanes Oxley.
However, lack of knowledge about the products and the attacks has led to much confusion in the wireless security market. Vertical markets that implement a wireless network expect security to be included, but this is not the case for all vendors. The level of security needed varies at all vertical levels. Customers need to be educated on which level of security is required for their organization and decide whether an overlay vendor is needed to supply the required security.
"The debate today is between overlay and WLAN integrated vendors which can provide the best security," explains Vazquez. "Overlay vendors will continue to enhance and broaden their portfolio for 2008 to keep up with the integrated infrastructure vendors that inhabit a large part of the WIDPS market share."
Going forward, WIPDS vendors need to focus on price relief and broaden their portfolio to continue to maintain product strength. These apart, they need to adequately communicate the ROI benefits and continue key partnerships within the WIDPS industry.
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