Microsoft and Intel Security the largest security suppliers, Veeam continues to grow in backup

The Dutch market shows a relatively stable picture in the area of antivirus. Intel Security, owner of the McAfee product line, is used by 36 percent of the Dutch business establishments in the Netherlands with 50 or more employees. This makes it the most identified vendor by some way within this target group. Symantec antivirus software is used at around 24 percent of business establishments. Trend Micro and Sophos both have a share of slightly more than 10 percent. This emerges from an analysis by Computer Profile of more than 5,300 interviews that were held about software usage at Dutch business locations.

The balance between the top 4 vendors has not changed much over the past five years. A comparison of the situation identified by Computer Profile in 2011 with the current penetration figures shows that the shares of the four largest vendors have changed by only a few percent. Eset and Sophos have gained some ground in recent years, the presence of Norman has slowly declines in this period.

Installed base shares anti-virus

If we look, in addition to the number of business branches (penetration), at the total number of work stations that are protected by the anti-virus software, we arrive at the total installed base. The installed based shares of the 7 most frequently encountered vendors clearly shows differences for the various identifiable market segments. Intel Security is encountered at 35.9 percent of the locations (penetration), but has a share of 35.3 percent in the total number of work stations (installed based). The installed based share of Intel Security is by far the highest at company branches of multinationals. In that segment, more than 50 percent of the work stations are protected by Intel Security. The share of Intel Security is lowest within the public sector (care, education and government institutions) – just under 26 percent. Symantec also enjoys its highest share at locations of multinationals.

Sophos is found at slightly more company branches than Trend Micro. Since Sophos has a relatively strong position at locations in the public sector, the share of Sophos in the total number of work stations is slightly larger than that of Trend Micro. The public sector does, after all, have quite a few large locations. In the Netherlands, Sophos is hardly present at all in locations of medium-sized businesses (50-250 employees). Trend Micro is most popular in the National Enterprises segment (250 to 2,500 employees) and with medium-sized businesses.

Security solutions

Software solutions for security, other than the anti-virus packages discussed above, are for the large part supplied by Microsoft. Around 45 percent of the identified security solutions are a Microsoft application.

All other vendors have a share below 10 percent among the interviewed company locations. The percentage of locations with Microsoft security has only increased in recent years. In 2013, we encountered a Microsoft application at 43 percent of the location; in 2014 this was 46 percent. The presence of the other vendors has remained relatively stable in recent years. Within the IT and Telecom industry, Microsoft has a relatively low penetration; they can be found at 33 percent of the locations. There, the share of Symantec in the security solutions is above average, namely 23 percent. Intel Security also has a relatively high level of penetration in the trading segment. Both Symantec and Check Point are encountered at an above-average number of locations in the ICT & Utilities and Manufacturing segments.


Back-up software.

Symantec is the most encountered solution in Back-up software. This solution can be found at nearly a quarter of the locations that make use of back-up software. The share of VEEAM has been increasing significantly in recent years. Until 2012, VEEAM solutions accounted for less than 1 percent of the back-up solutions identified by Computer Profile at business establishments with 100 or more employees. In 2013 that was just below 4 percent, last year around 11 percent, and now 19 percent.