Container Security Market Outlook (2023 to 2033)

The global container security market was valued at US$ 2 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach a value of US$ 2.45 billion in 2023. The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 28% between 2023 and 2033, reaching US$ 29 billion by 2033. Since the technology has become more widely used, the security of containers has increased as it has become more prevalent as the technology has developed. The underlying infrastructure was initially invisible to security due to its limitation to the container.

With the evolution of security tools, they are becoming more sophisticated and offer a more comprehensive view of container stacks, including information about the systems on which the containers run, the software that runs the containers, as well as the images that are contained within the container. Moreover, security tools include the capability of performing scans, identifying vulnerabilities, and alerting users to potential threats. Containerized environments can now be monitored and secured more easily. As containers become more sophisticated and customized, security has become more precise and customized.

In the era of cloud computing and advanced application development technologies, virtual machines and their OS dependencies have become a chore for developers. In addition to accelerated time-to-market enabled by DevOps, application portability across clouds is the main reason for the adoption of containers and container orchestration platforms, like Kubernetes and Docker. For organizations to identify all possible points of vulnerability, they need to assess how their systems are vulnerable to security threats.

Increasingly, container security is being seen as one of the most powerful catalysts to enhance overall IT security in most organizations. Organizations can enhance security overall by implementing continuous security checks throughout the development, testing, and production stages. According to the report, the Covid-19 pandemic has played a positive role in boosting the usage of cloud-based cybersecurity technologies to analyze and combat cyberattacks. As work-from-home programs became more popular, the demand for such services increased.

Several fundamental approaches to securing containers are summarized in the Application Container Security Guide published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. For containers and cloud-native development, NIST also encourages the use of the hardware-based root of trust, such as Trusted Platform Modules (TPM).

Security for container infrastructure, apps, and other container components involves implementing policies and tools to protect them from attack across the full attack surface. Based on the results of the State of Cloud Native Security Report for 2020, analysts estimate that enterprises will use virtual machines (VMs) to run 30% of their workloads and containers to run 24% of their workloads by 2022. The primary focus of an enterprise's cloud workload protection platform will be determining a strategy and understanding how to secure both.

There has been a 40% increase in container adoption over the last year. A recent report from IDC predicted that containers will play a critical role in creating the 500 Billion new logical applications needed by 2023. Approximately 67% of respondents to a recent study by Security Boulevard reported having a serious misconfiguration or security incident in their Kubernetes or container environments. Cloud-native environments have traditionally been a work in progress for security, and container security is no exception.

With new threats and vulnerabilities emerging in a changing computing environment, container security must be explicitly considered by security professionals. For any enterprise to be able to protect its infrastructure, its customers, and its internal network, it is imperative to secure its containerized environment first.

Containers have shifted developer responsibilities towards security. Developing trusted container images requires developers to test code continuously for security and to remove unnecessary components to minimize attack surfaces. Containers will likely become an increasingly important part of how SMBs move their workloads and data to the cloud, with the increasing number of SMBs shifting their workloads and data to the cloud.

Data Points Key Statistics
Estimated Base Year Value (2022) US$ 2 billion
Expected Market Value (2023) US$ 2.45 billion
Anticipated Forecast Value (2033) US$ 29 billion
Projected Growth Rate (2023 to 2033) 28% CAGR

A container is a standard unit of software that packages up codes and all its dependencies so the application run reliable and quickly from one computing environment to another. Container security is the process of implementing security policies and tools to insure all container is running as intended, such as runtime, software supply chain, protection in infrastructure, and everything between.

Container security solution protects container image builds and runtime host, applications layers, and platforms. Implementing container security will reduce vulnerabilities and mitigate risk across an ever-growing attack surface. By integrating with developer build systems, container security solution brings active visibility to solve the security challenges of containers.

There is rise in container adoption by organizations to run multiple production applications such as specific version of programming language runtimes and other software libraries. Containerized applications present different security challenges, and also bring new opportunities to add visibly, and controls which fuels the market growth.

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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

The containers have revolutionized the way enterprises are developing software and applications, along with the cloud infrastructure. According to Portworx Annual Container Adoption survey 2019, the enterprise investments in 2019 increased dramatically for container technology, as nearly 80% respondents of the survey mentioned to run some kind of container deployment in production.

Also, more than 60% of respondents agreed container security is one of the top challenges, to offer runtime protection and vulnerability management to their cloud workloads. In the perspective of COVID-19 impact, the market for container security is expected to grow by 2X in 2020 than that of 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the market is proposed to increase by approximately 150-200 BPS, in Q2-Q3, 2020.

Container Security Market: Market Dynamics

The containers environment is isolated between multiple services running on the same host. This avoids the risk of library, language, framework dependencies used by one microservices colliding with other. Container security allow organizations to secure their container and cloud native applications from development to production, accelerating development, and bridging the gap between IT and DevOps security.

A growing ecosystem of third-party technology and tools supports containers including in the areas of management and monitoring, data persistence, integration, and security with existing cloud platform. With increasing adoption of container at enterprise level and various application workloads running, the adoption of container security solution is expected to grow.

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Container Security Market: Competition Landscape

Some of the prominent player’s manufacturer Container Security market are -

  • Qualys, Inc.
  • Aqua Security Software Ltd.
  • Aporeto Inc.
  • Google
  • Alert Logic, Inc.
  • Nano Sec Co
  • Docker Inc.
  • Anchore, Inc.
  • McAfee, LLC
  • Thales Group
  • NeuVector Inc.
  • Synopsys, Inc.
  • Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
  • Trend Micro Incorporated, and among others

Container Security (Software Containers) Market: Regional overview

By geography, the container security market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, South Asia-Pacific, East Asia, and Middle East and Africa. North America is expected to have the highest market for container security as the adoption of cloud-based security technologies to safeguard the containers by enterprises across the region is growing significantly.

The South Asia & Pacific and East Asia market is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Due to the increasing cyber-attacks on critical workloads and applications, organizations are looking forward to leverage the benefits of container security which is increasing the market growth.

The container security market report is a compilation of first-hand information, qualitative and quantitative assessment by industry analysts, and inputs from industry experts and industry participants across the value chain.

The report provides in-depth analysis of parent market trends, macro-economic indicators, and governing factors, along with container security market attractiveness as per segment. The container security market report also maps the qualitative impact of various market factors on container security market segments and geographies.

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The report covers exhaustive analysis on

  • Container Security Market Segments
  • Container Security Market Dynamics
  • Container Security Market Size
  • Supply & Demand
  • Current Trends/Issues/Challenges
  • Competition & Companies Involved in the Market
  • Technology Landscape
  • Value Chain of the Container Security Market
  • Container Security Market Drivers and Restraints

Regional analysis includes

  • North America (USA, Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Rest of Latin America)
  • Europe (Germany, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Spain, BENELUX, Russia, Rest of Europe)
  • East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea)
  • South Asia & Pacific (India, ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand, Rest of South Asia)
  • Middle East and Africa (GCC Countries, Turkey, South Africa, Rest of MEA)

Container Security Market: Segmentation

The container security market has been segmented on the basis of component, development type, enterprises size, vertical and region.

On the basis of component:

  • Container Security Platform
  • Services
  • Deployment & Integration
  • Training & Consulting
  • Support & Maintenance

On the basis of development type:

  • Cloud
  • On-premises

On the basis of enterprise size:

  • Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Large Enterprises

On the basis of vertical:

  • BFSI
  • IT & Telecommunication
  • Technology & Media
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Healthcare
  • Others



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