[ISN] Study projects hot growth for network firewalls

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Date: Fri Aug 07 1998 - 06:39:28 PDT

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    Study projects hot growth for network firewalls
    FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (Reuters) - Sales of firewall software, the programs
    that protect computer networks against unauthorized users or viruses, are
    projected to grow to $1.8 billion by 2002, according to a report by
    research firm International Data Corporation. 
    But revenue growth in the firewall market will gradually slow over the
    next few years, after the market surged by 143 percent from 1996 to 1997,
    IDC said. 
    "For all these rosy forecasts, we believe the firewall market and all its
    major vendors are migrating toward a broader orientation," said Chris
    Christiansen of IDC, in a statement.  IDC said that in the short term,
    firewalls will become platforms for the deployment of other products, such
    as corporate security suites. 
    "Longer term, the firewall will diminish as a distinct market and become a
    feature of other products," IDC said.  Check Point Software Technologies
    Ltd. (Nasdaq:CHKPF) was the top firewall vendor in 1997, with a 23 percent
    share of the market, IDC said. Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:CSCO) was second
    with a 19 percent share, and AXENT Technologies Inc., which owns software
    maker Raptor Systems, garnered seven percent. 
    The recent growth in the sector was driven by businesses upgrading their
    firewalls as the Internet matured and by a demand for multiple Internet
    firewalls to provide companies with high availability and throughput.
    Firewall software restricts the flow of information between a company's
    network and the Internet in order to keep sensitive information private.
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