IBM has been ranked the third largest company in security software market displacing Trend Micro, according to report “Market Share Analysis: Security software worldwide 2013” from Gartner.
Gartner said in a statement that this is the first time that IBM has reached the top three positions by displacing Trend Micro, which has been dropped to the fourth position. Symantec and McAfee continued their dominance by holding the first and second place respectively.
Worldwide security software revenue totaled $19.9 billion in 2013, a 4.9 percent growth of 2012 revenue of $19 billion.
In a statement Gartner said that it was slower, but a healthy growth for the industry.
“This slightly tempered growth was partly due to the increased commoditization of the endpoint security (particularly consumer endpoint software) and secure email gateway (SEG) sub-segments (particularly consumer endpoint software) that in 2013 accounted for around 25 percent of the total security software market,” said Ruggero Contu, research director, Gartner.
The top four vendors now account for 39 percent of the total security software market.
Top Security Software Vendors, Worldwide, 2012-2013 (Millions of Dollars, Source: Gartner)
The top three regions ranked by year-over-year growth were emerging Asia Pacific (12.8 percent), Greater China (11 percent) and Eurasia (9.3 percent).
The three largest regions (North America, Western Europe and Mature Asia Pacific) accounted for 83 percent of the total security software market in 2013, but displayed a cumulative growth of 4.1 percent, which is slightly below the market average of 4.9 percent.
“The high penetration rate of consolidated and mature technology areas such as consumer security software, endpoint protection and secure email gateway, has resulted in increased pricing pressure, along with the bundling of capabilities in suite offerings in the identity and access management (IAM) space (user provisioning [UP] and Web access management [WAM]), which leads to a slowdown in discrete new license revenue,” said Contu.