The Japanese WAF market recorded a phenomenal growth rate of 30.0% on a YoY basis, generating revenue of $35.1 million in 2016. The
on-premise WAF solutions segment (includes stand-alone and Add-on/Software) remained the key revenue contributor in 2016, accounting for 68.5% of the overall market share. However, the cloud-based WAF segment recorded a robust YoY growth of 57.3% during the same period, which could be attributed to increasing demand from the SMB sector that was facing an increasing number of sophisticated attacks on Web applications. The service provider, BFSI, and e-Commerce verticals were the key revenue contributors in 2016, accounting for a relatively equal market share of 21.4%, 21.0% and 20.8%, respectively. Particularly, the service providers were seen to beef up their infrastructure to include WAF cloud-based services for their customers that were shifting from the CapEx to the OpEx model.
In addition to the market growth analysis, the study highlights the key driving forces for the WAF market. Key drivers include the increasing number of organizations shifting toward the Web front and the rising Internet penetration rate; the evolved threat landscape that results in greater concerns over data breaches; stricter requirements for industry compliances, and local regulations that drive organizations to invest more in measures for data protection and to avoid potential liability issues; and increasing migration from web application into the cloud observed from organizations.
The market trends are analyzed for a study period of 2015 to 2021, with the base year being 2016. WAF solution is the key focus area in this study. The vertical segmentation in this study includes the government, banking, financial services and Insurance (BFSI), service provider,
e-Commerce retail, manufacturing, education, and other sectors.
Companies mentioned in the WAF market's competitive landscape include Akamai, Alibaba Cloud, Barracuda Networks, Citrix Systems, DBApp Security, F5 Networks, Fortinet, Fujitsu, Imperva, JP Secure, KEMP Technology, MonitorApp, NEC, NSFOCUS, Penta Security Systems, Piolink, Qualys, Sangfor, Secure Sky Technologies, Trinity Soft, Venustech Zenedge, and other small vendors.
Key Questions This Study Will Answer
• Is the WAF market growing? How long will it continue to grow, and at what rate?
• Are the existing competitors structured correctly to meet customer needs?
• Will WAF continue to exist, or will other solutions and services take its place?
• How will the structure of the market change with time?
• Will the services replace the product markets?
• What are the most common Web application security threats in Japan?
• Are the vendors in the market ready to go it alone, or do they need partnerships to take their business to the next level?