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BYOD and business automation drive accelerated growth in NAC market

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The network access control market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 31.17 percent through to 2020, creating what will end up being a $2.65 billion part of the network security sector.

A MarketsandMarkets report indicated that the BYOD trend is part of the reason for adoption of NAC products. Not only does the trend create potential security risks for organizations around the globe, but it also stretches the limitations of IT departments to manage the increasing number of devices connecting to enterprise networks.

Two driving factors are securing operations and the growth of business automation. The report indicated that "NAC can profitably reduce cost as it automates business operations by providing a complete visibility of all the devices connecting to the network."

BYOD has been a factor in NAC adoption for the last few years, but growth in adoption and spending has accelerated. A March 2013 report from Ogren Group showed that the BYOD trend created renewed interest in NAC products. At the time, Ogren expected the NAC market to grow at a 22 percent CAGR to reach more than $1 billion by 2017.

It's interesting to note that Cisco and ForeScout Technologies have remained NAC leaders. Juniper was listed as the number three vendor by Ogren in 2013, but MarketsandMarkets didn't indicate it as a prominent vendor in its report synopsis. In addition to Cisco and ForeScout, MarketsandMarkets named Extreme Networks, HPE, Bradford Networks and Avaya as prominent vendors in the space.

However, new NAC players are emerging, particularly in next-generation NAC technologies.

For more:
- read the report synopsis

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