In terms of geographic region, North America, which bought $8.6 billion of this security software last year, provided 8.2% growth overall. But other areas of the world contributed higher growth rates in buying, with Eastern Europe at 14.4%, Latin America at 12.6%, Eurasia at 21.8%, for example.
In the overall $19.1 billion market worldwide, Gartner said enterprise endpoint protection continues to generate positive growth, citing 6.7% growth in consumer security software in 2012 for a total of $4.89 billion in spending worldwide, and enterprise endpoint protection platforms growing 9.2% to reach $3.17 billion.
However, some of the fastest growing segments were DLP, which reached $572.9 million last year, for 25.1% growth year to year. In addition to just software, the Gartner report also sought to include appliance-based versions in some categories, including SIEM appliances and Secure Web Gateway and Secure Email Gateway appliances. SIEM software was healthy at $976.4 million in 2012 for 27.5 percent growth, while SIEM appliances at $384.1 million were said to grow 11.9% year over year.
The overall security software market tracked by Gartner grew from $17.7 billion in 2011 to $19.1 billion in 2012, and no category in the security market segments tracked by Gartner showed decline.
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