Security Hardware Sales Slide 16%, Rebound Expected

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Security hardware and appliance sales declined more than 16 percent in the first quarter as businesses of all sizes curtailed spending on unified threat management, IDS/IPS and SSL VPNs. Analyts anticipate a rebound before the end of the year.

A new report by analyst firm Infonetics says spending on security hardware and appliances -- such as unified threat management (UTM), intrusion detection/prevention systems and SSL VPN devices -- dropped 16 percent in the first quarter of 2009. The reason: businesses cut or delayed spending on IT systems, which led to cascading declines in security spending.

While drop is significant, analyst anticipate security appliance spending will rebound before the end fo the year to two-thirds of 2008 levels.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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