Increasing Competition Indicates Huge Expectations for NAC Market

Palo Alto, Calif.
Network access control (NAC) technologies, a combination of network infrastructure components and security products, are set to become an extension of the network. As common misperceptions are dispelled and NAC gains acceptance as a key part of network security, these technologies become the center of a highly competitive and lucrative market.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, “World Network Access Control Technologies Markets,” finds that the appliance market earned revenues of more than $114 million in 2007 and estimates this will reach $692.6 million in 2014.

In recent years, the security community has identified a shift away from attacks done as a show of hacking prowess to much more criminal activities. “Compromised endpoints represent the biggest threat to sensitive network systems and protecting these has long been the primary goal for network administrators,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Chris Rodriguez. “There are many endpoint security products available, and as a solution, that ties many of these together. NAC will soon become an integral tool for network administrators.”

In spite of the presence of established network security companies and the departure of others, NAC has made its mark in the market to such an extent that more participants have entered the NAC space. In the near future, this growth phase of the market will get a strong boost from the entry of major participants.

Moreover, heavy media publicity over many high-profile security breaches increases demand for security products as a whole. NAC technologies benefit from this,…



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