Rapid growth of IoT devices propels critical infrastructure market

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The global critical infrastructure protection market size is projected by research firm, Marketsandmarkets, to grow from USD 148.1 billion in 2024 to USD 178.3 billion by 2029 at a CAGR of 3.8% during the forecast period. The analysts suggest that the growth of critical infrastructure protection (CIP) solutions is propelled by the rapid expansion of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, amplifying the vulnerability landscape.

Simultaneously, continuous investments in infrastructure development, particularly in energy and transportation sectors, heighten the demand for advanced protection measures. This synergy underscores the need for robust security solutions to fortify critical assets against emerging threats.

The exponential growth of services in the CIP market can be attributed to the escalating threat landscape facing enterprises, national agencies, and defence organisations. With cyber attacks on critical infrastructure becoming more frequent and sophisticated, there is an urgent need to safeguard people, IT systems, and vital data. CIP services offer comprehensive solutions to address these evolving threats, including risk management, consulting, and managed services. Moreover, the increasing automation in surveillance systems and the adoption of remote monitoring infrastructures like oil and gas pipelines and smart grids further drive the demand for CIP services. Organisations, including governments and critical infrastructure owners, are turning to CIP service providers to enhance security, streamline workflows, and maximize efficiencies, catalysing the rapid expansion of the CIP services market.

Robust physical security measures needed

The physical and safety security types have the largest market size in the CIP market due to their paramount role in safeguarding critical infrastructure against various threats. Recent events, such as drone attacks on critical infrastructure, underscore the importance of robust physical security measures. Enterprises recognise the need to go beyond traditional perimeter security, leading to increased demand for advanced systems like high-quality video surveillance, perimeter intrusion detection, and access control. Moreover, advancements in video surveillance technology, including features like facial recognition and thermal cameras, enhance monitoring capabilities. With the coordination efforts of agencies like CISA and the increased adoption of security technologies across sectors like law enforcement and government utilities, the physical safety and security segment experiences rapid growth, ensuring the resilience and protection of critical infrastructure assets.

MEA regions show fastest growth

The Middle East & Africa is growing fastest in the CIP market due to the region's rapid trajectory toward digitalisation, propelled by increasing internet penetration and technological adoption. In South Africa, Transnet's utilisation of IoT technology for intelligent energy management is a prominent example, contributing significantly to the expansion of the CIP market across the region. Additionally, the Middle East, particularly in the oil and gas verticals, faces a surge in cyber attacks, including malware and ransomware incidents, due to its significant crude oil reserves, making it a lucrative target for cyber criminals. Consequently, critical sectors in the region, recognising the pressing need for protection, are increasingly adopting essential infrastructure protection solutions to safeguard their assets from evolving cyber threats, thus driving the growth of the CIP market in the Middle East & Africa.

Key players

Some of the main players in this market include companies such as, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Honeywell, Airbus, Thales, Hexagon AB, Johnson Controls, Motorola Solutions, Axis Communications, Forcepoint, Fortinet, Cisco, Huawei, G4S, GE Vernova, NEC Corporation, Bruker Corporation, Fujitsu, Tenable, Rolta, Mission Secure, Optasense, Teltronic, Waterfall Security Solutions, Westminster Group, Owl Cyber Defense Solutions, Achilles Heel Technologies, CIPS Security, Suprema Inc, and Scadafence.    


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