[ISN] Hacker threats spur firewall growth

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    Hacker threats spur firewall growth
    By Patrick Thibodeau
    Hackers, take a bow: Reports of network break-ins helped spur a 143%
    increase last year in the firewall market -- from $145.6 million to $353.5
    million, according to the latest research by International Data Corp.
    (IDC) in Framingham, Mass. 
    "Every major security break-in accelerates the market," said IDC analyst
    Chris Christiansen. Firewalls are perceived as a key security product for
    controlling network access, "just like locks on the door," he said. 
    IDC said it expects the firewall market to grow to $1.8 billion by 2002.
    But the market will also change over the next few years. Firewalls are
    less likely to be distinct products. Instead, they will become a platform
    to deploy other security products and services, such as virtual private
    networks and public key infrastructures, Christiansen said. 
    The top firewall vendor, with 23% market share last year, is Check Point
    Software Technologies Ltd. in Ramat-Gan, Israel, with $83 million in
    revenue, IDC said. In the No. 2 spot is Cisco Systems, Inc. in San Jose,
    Calif., with 19% market share and $65.7 million in revenue. Next are Axent
    Technologies, Inc. in Rockville, Md., 7% share, $26 million; Network
    Associates, Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., 6%, $21 million; and CyberGuard
    Corp. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 5%, $19.4 million. 
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