Secure Content Management – New Growth Market in the Security Space, Says IDC

COPENHAGEN – JANUARY 16, 2002 – The Internet and email have transformed the way European employees conduct their everyday business activities. As a result, European organizations are increasingly looking for solutions to help enforce corporate policy, comply with privacy regulations, limit legal liability, increase employee productivity, and reduce network bandwidth consumption.


According to a new study from IDC, the SCM (Security Content Management) market is expected to outpace growth in the European security software market as a whole for the next five years. IDC forecasts a 2001-2006 CAGR of 22% for the Western European secure content management market and a $1.7 billion market revenue in 2006.

"Usage of the Internet, email, and the Web has become an integral part of the business set-up of European organizations," says Carla Arend, research analyst in IDC's European Security Products and Strategies service.

"However, the complexity of complying with privacy regulations, the need to protect intellectual property, and the desire to improve employee productivity has transformed secure content solutions into an essential ebusiness component for European organizations."

Insights from IDC's research include:

Email scanning, although the smallest segment of SCM, will grow the fastest over the forecast period, with a CAGR of 40%, due to the need to protect confidential company information and because of productivity concerns.

Web filtering is the second-fastest-growing SCM submarket, with year-on-year growth of 33%, due to employee productivity, bandwidth consumption, and legal liability concerns.

In contrast to the emerging segment of email scanning and Web filtering, the antivirus market is already mature and accordingly was the largest segment of the Western European SCM market in 2002, with 82% of SCM revenue generated.

Secure content management is an emerging market that reflects corporate customers' need for a policy-based Internet management tool that addresses virus protection, Web content, and email scanning.

The study, Western European Secure Content Management Forecast, 2001-2006 (IDC #IS05J, October 2002), examines the Western European SCM software market – including antivirus, email scanning, and Web filtering software – and identifies the characteristics that vendors will need to be successful in future. It provides revenue forecasts for the overall SCM market for 2002-2006, as well as a discussion of market drivers and inhibitors based on IDC's Security Model and interviews with leading SCM software vendors.

The study is available to purchase from your local IDC office, or at

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