The market includes products that allow for the reverse engineering and forensic analysis of discovered malware.
The market for Specialised Threat Analysis and Protection (STAP) application revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 42.2% between 2012 and 2017 to reach $1.17bn, according to a new report.
The IDC report, ‘Worldwide Specialized Threat Analysis and Protection 2013-2017’, said applications can be used to scan inbound and outbound traffic, while detecting control traffic and discrepancies.
STAP also includes products that allow for the reverse engineering and forensic analysis of discovered malware.
IDC security products group research manager John Grady said that these solutions will become a necessity for many organisations, especially in the financial services and government sectors.
"Organisations have quickly begun to realise that they need improved protection against targeted attacks," Grady said.
According to the analyst, hackers have moved their focus from disruption and notoriety to stealing financial and intellectual property, while changing the tactics they use.
Malware itself is also used as a tool for collecting data, while some sophisticated malwares use different pieces of code for each phase to prevent detection.
The analysts believe that many STAP functions will be added into traditional security products during the end of the forecast period.