Spending on IT security is returning to pre-recession rates, according to the
latest study from analyst firm Canalys.

In the fourth quarter of 2009 spending rose 10.1 per cent sequentially, with
the market worth a total of $3.6bn by the end of the year. Spending was spurred
on by rising PC sales to businesses and consumers.

"The release of Windows 7 and the resurgence of the PC market have
dramatically helped the client security market," said Nikki Babatola, an analyst
at Canalys.

"This improvement will likely continue throughout 2010 as businesses roll out
more computer systems."

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