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UK Computer Security market report

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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Computer Security market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

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What are the key challenges facing the industry? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Covered in this report

Computer security, also often referred to as cyber security, is the set of processes and technologies that facilitate business, commerce and consumer digital activity in a safe environment. Cyber security, however, is far from simple. The threats to computerised environments are many and various, and are changing on a near-daily basis.

Threats to individual, corporate and government activities online come from three primary sources:

  • Criminal behaviour: attempts at committing fraud for (usually) financial gain
  • Espionage: gathering corporate or government information illegally to subvert competitive advantage or national security
  • Hacking: Disrupting corporate or government activities by denial of service, defacing online content and generally damaging online reputation

Key points included

  • Computer threats are mobile too
  • The Cloud – more or less secure
  • The Internet of Things gets targeted too

Market segmentation

  • Enterprises
  • Other public sector
  • SMEs & consumers
  • Defence & intelligence

Company profiles

  • IBM
  • McAfee
  • BAE Systems
  • Cisco Systems
  • Sophos Group
  • Symantec Corporation

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Terry Leggett, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

The UK computer security market is now valued at more than £5 billion. As more and more businesses, public services and consumers are becoming dependent on their technology platforms, digital activity is growing exponentially, which, in turn, is attractive to miscreants. This ranges from issues of national security to personal security, with the computer security sector constantly playing catch-up to increasingly sophisticated attacks that can have access to both artificial intelligence and machine learning. Terry Leggett
Senior B2B Analyst

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Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
      • Covered in this Report
      • Executive Summary

          • The market
            • A varied market
              • Figure 1: Segmentation of the computer security market, by product/service 2018 (£ million)
            • A large and growing market
              • Figure 2: UK market for computer security products and services, 2014-18
            • A market for every sector
              • Figure 3: Segmentation of the computer security market, by end use sector, 2018 (£ million)
            • A market with continued growth prospects
              • Figure 4: Forecast market for computer security products and services, 2019-23
            • Many market drivers
              • Figure 5: Worldwide connected devices installed, 2015-17 actual and 2018-25 forecast
              • Figure 6: The UK cloud computing market, 2014-18
            • Companies and brands
              • Fragmented industry offering a fragmented array of solutions
                • UK industry boost
                  • What we think
                  • Issues and Insights

                    • The Cloud – more or less secure?
                      • The facts
                        • The implications
                          • Computer threats are mobile too
                            • The facts
                              • The implications
                                • The Internet of Things gets targeted too
                                  • The facts
                                    • The implications
                                    • The Market – What You Need to Know

                                      • A diverse market – not simply software
                                        • Figure 7: Segmentation of the computer security market, 2018 (£ million)
                                      • Cyber-crime and legislation driving market
                                        • The variety of miscreants
                                        • Market Size

                                          • Largest in Europe and still buoyant
                                            • Figure 8: UK market for computer security products and services, (£ million)
                                          • Cyber-crime concentrating minds
                                            • Figure 9: Cyber-crime statistics, 2017-18 (year to June)
                                        • Market Segmentation by End Use

                                            • Figure 10: Cyber security incidents reported to Information Commissioner’s Office, 2nd Q 2018/19
                                            • Figure 11: Average investment in cyber security, by sector, 2018
                                            • Figure 12: Segmentation of the computer security market, by end use sector, 2018 (£ million)
                                            • Figure 13: Development of private sector computer security purchases, 2014-18
                                            • Figure 14: Development of defence and intelligence computer security purchases, 2014-18
                                            • Figure 15: Development of other public sector computer security purchases, 2014-18
                                        • Market Segmentation by Size of Company

                                            • Figure 16: Segmentation of the private sector computer security market, by size of company, 2018 (£ million)
                                            • Figure 17: Development of enterprise computer security purchases, 2014-18
                                            • Figure 18: Development of SME and consumer computer security purchases, 2014-18
                                            • Figure 19: Average investment in cyber security, by size of company, 2017 and 2018
                                            • Figure 20: Proportion of companies with no cyber security spend, by size of company 2018
                                        • Market Segmentation by Solution

                                            • Figure 21: Segmentation of the computer security market, by solution, 2018 (£ million)
                                            • Figure 22: Development of computer security purchases of infrastructure, 2014-18
                                            • Figure 23: Development of computer security purchases of systems security, 2014-18
                                            • Figure 24: Development of computer security purchases of content security, 2014-18
                                            • Figure 25: Development of computer security purchases of governance, 2014-18
                                        • Market Segmentation by Product/Service

                                            • Figure 26: Segmentation of the computer security market, by product/service, 2014-18 (£ million)
                                        • Market Forecast

                                          • Government encouragement
                                            • Market development
                                              • Figure 27: Forecast market for computer security products and services, 2019-23
                                            • End-use growth
                                              • Figure 28: Forecast end use market for computer security products and services, 2019-23
                                          • The Impact of the Economy

                                            • GDP
                                              • Figure 29: GDP overall quarterly development, Q1 2015-Q3 2018
                                              • Figure 30: GDP quarterly development, by sector, 2004-18
                                              • Figure 31: Forecast GDP development, 2018-23
                                            • Household spending
                                              • Figure 32: Quarterly household final consumption expenditure, 2013-18
                                          • Market Trends

                                            • A worldwide issue
                                                • Figure 33: Worldwide data breach incidents, by source or breach, 2013-18
                                                • Figure 34: Nature of worldwide computer breach incidents and records, first half of 2018
                                                • Figure 35: UK cyber security incidents, by type second Q 2018/19
                                              • EU-wide GDPR
                                                • The need for real-time cyber security
                                                  • Keeping up with artificial intelligence and machine learning
                                                    • Passwords to become past words
                                                      • Growing advance of the Internet of Things
                                                        • Figure 36: Worldwide connected devices installed, 2015-17 actual and 2018-25 forecast
                                                    • Market Drivers

                                                      • Internet usage
                                                        • Figure 37: Worldwide Internet usage, by region, 2000-18 (million)
                                                        • Figure 38: Proportion of UK businesses with internet access, by size of company, 2017
                                                      • Website use by companies
                                                        • Figure 39: Proportion of UK businesses with websites, by size of business, 2017
                                                      • Business purchasing over the internet
                                                        • Figure 40: Proportion of UK businesses making e-commerce purchases, by size of business, 2017
                                                        • Figure 41: Proportion of UK businesses making e-commerce purchases, by industry, 2017
                                                      • Business selling over the Internet
                                                        • Figure 42: Proportion of UK businesses making website sales, by size of business, 2017
                                                        • Figure 43: Proportion of UK businesses making EDI sales, by size of business, 2017
                                                        • Figure 44: Proportion of UK businesses making e-commerce sales, by industry, 2017
                                                      • The Cloud
                                                        • Figure 45: The UK cloud computing market, 2014-18
                                                        • Figure 46: Proportion of UK businesses purchasing cloud computing services, 2017
                                                        • Figure 47: Proportion of UK businesses using servers exclusively reserved at service providers, 2017
                                                        • Figure 48: Proportion of UK businesses using shared servers at service providers, 2017
                                                    • Companies and Brands – What You Need to Know

                                                      • Fragmented industry
                                                        • Combatting AI and ML supported attacks with AI and ML
                                                        • Industry Structure

                                                          • Software
                                                              • Figure 49: Development of the business and domestic software industry, 2013-18
                                                            • Computer consultancy
                                                                • Figure 50: Development of the computer consultancy industry, 2013-18
                                                              • Computer/cyber security
                                                              • Competitive Strategies

                                                                • Highly acquisitive sector – but it is not consolidated
                                                                  • Diverse target markets and strategies
                                                                    • Recurring income model
                                                                      • Figure 51: Billing analysis of Sophos Group, 2018
                                                                    • Routes to market change with target
                                                                    • Company Profiles

                                                                      • BAe Systems
                                                                        • Activity
                                                                          • Performance
                                                                            • Figure 52: Financial analysis of BAe Systems, 2013-17 (£ million)
                                                                          • Strategy
                                                                            • Cisco Systems
                                                                              • Activity
                                                                                • Performance
                                                                                  • Figure 53: Financial analysis of Cisco Systems Revenues, 2014-18 ($ billion)
                                                                                • Strategy
                                                                                  • IBM
                                                                                    • Activity
                                                                                      • Performance
                                                                                        • Figure 54: Financial analysis of IBM United Kingdom, 2013-17 (£ million)
                                                                                      • Strategy
                                                                                        • McAfee
                                                                                          • Activity
                                                                                            • Performance
                                                                                              • Strategy
                                                                                                • Sophos Group
                                                                                                  • Activity
                                                                                                    • Performance
                                                                                                      • Figure 55: Financial analysis of Sophos Group data, 2015-18 ($ million)
                                                                                                    • Strategy
                                                                                                      • Symantec Corporation
                                                                                                        • Activity
                                                                                                          • Performance
                                                                                                            • Figure 56: Financial analysis of Symantec Security (UK), 2016-17 (£ 000)
                                                                                                          • Strategy
                                                                                                          • Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

                                                                                                              • Abbreviations
                                                                                                                • Methodology