South Korea Cybersecurity Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The South Korea Cybersecurity Market is segmented by Product Type (Solutions, Services), Deployment (On-cloud, On-premise), End-user Industry (Aerospace and Defense, Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail, IT and Telecommunication).

Market Snapshot

South Korea Cybersecurity Market
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 16.55 %

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Market Overview

The South Korea Cybersecurity Market is expected to register a CAGR of 16.55% during the period 2022-2027. Cyber threats protect internet-connected systems such as hardware, software, and data. Cybersecurity solutions help enterprises monitor, detect, report, and handle cyber threats to maintain data confidentiality.

  • Owing to the country’s increasing number of connected devices, advanced use of mobile devices, and significant intellectual property, South Korea is becoming one of the prime targets for cyber-attacks. Cybersecurity has been prioritized in South Korea’s security calculus. The country’s cyberspace is at risk because it has not developed an advanced defense-offense cyber capability that has been proven over the last few years. It was subjected to multiple cyber-attacks aimed at critical infrastructure.
  • The country is rigorously investing and enhancing its cybersecurity capabilities, which are evident from the fact that it ranked fourth In out of 194 countries in the International Telecommunication Union, ITU Global Cybersecurity Index, 2021. The index consists of the five evaluation categories of law, technology, organization, capability, and cooperation
  • South Korea’s ICT ministry announced the plan to spend USD 607 million by 2023 to bolster the country’s cybersecurity capabilities and respond to growing digital threats. The government plans to develop infrastructure to quickly respond to cybersecurity threats by collaborating with major cloud and data center companies in order to collect threat information in real-time, compared to the current system that relies on individual reports.
  • In May 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) signed a Project Arrangement (PA) and Joint Statement of Intent (JSoI), with the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Science and Information Communication Technology (MSIT), for collaborative research, development, and foreign technical exchanges in cybersecurity and public safety solutions. The effort is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2019 between the two countries in science and technology. The increasing initiatives by the government and the related regulator bodies to prevent such crimes have been increasingly developing or amending rules and regulations. This is expected to fuel the adoption of cybersecurity solutions in the region.
  • Moreover, In May 2022, South Korea became the first Asian nation to join NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE). According to the country’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), South Korea plans to strengthen its cyber response capabilities by increasing the number of staff sent to the center and expanding the scope of joint training.

Scope of the Report

Cybersecurity solutions help organizations monitor, report, and counter cyber threats to maintain data confidentiality. The adoption of cybersecurity solutions is expected to grow in line with the rising internet penetration among developing and developed countries. The need for cybersecurity has increased as every system in today's world is connected to the internet, making data more accessible to cybercriminals.

The South Korea Cybersecurity Market is segmented by Product Type (Solutions, Services), Deployment (On-cloud, On-premise), End-user Industry (Aerospace and Defense, Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail, IT and Telecommunication).

By Product Type
Identity and Access Management
Threat Detection and Prevention (Unified Threat Management and Threat Mitigation)
Security and Vulnerability Management
DDoS Mitigation
Security Information and Event Management
Other Solutions
By Deployment
By End-user Industry
Aerospace and Defense
Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance
IT and Telecommunication
Other End-user Industries

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Cybersecurity incidents is driving the market

  • Cybersecurity incidents suspected of originating from North Korea have become increasingly sophisticated in South Korea (Republic of Korea—ROK) by stealing information and millions of dollars, spreading a sense of vulnerability in Korean society. These cyberattacks from North Korea have disrupted information and communications technology (ICT) systems in the ROK government and the country's private sector.
  • Incidents of ransomware attacks in South Korea have surged in the past year, shutting hospitals to shopping malls as the coronavirus pandemic led to increased online activities. According to the ICT ministry of South Korea, the country reported 78 ransomware attacks in the first half of 2021.
  • In June 2021, South Korea's Nuclear Research Agency, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, revealed that their internal networks were hacked by North Korean threat actors using a VPN vulnerability. Such incidents threaten the country and increase the need for cybersecurity solutions across various end-user verticals.
  • Moreover, In June 2021, HHM, a South Korean container transportation and shipping company, confirmed that it had detected an unidentified security breach that led to limited access to the e-mail outlook system in certain areas.
  • A group of researchers from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Constitution (KAIST) based in South Korea identified over 36 mobile security vulnerabilities in LTE mobile data protocol. This makes cybersecurity solutions an essential component and thereby contributing to market growth.
South Korea Cybersecurity Market

Cloud Deployment Drives the Market Growth

  • Many organizations are shifting toward cloud solutions to simplify data storage and provide remote server access on the internet, enabling access to unlimited computing power. Implementing the cloud-based model allows organizations to manage all the applications, providing challenging analytics running in the background.
  • Security has been critical at each step of the cloud adoption cycle, as IT provision has moved from on-premise to outside of the company's walls. SMEs prefer cloud deployment as it allows them to focus on their core competencies rather than invest their capital in security infrastructure since they have limited cybersecurity budgets.
  • Additionally, the increased adoption of cloud-based email security services is driving the adoption of services integrated with other security platforms, such as IPS and NGFW. This trend is demotivating enterprises to spend on on-premise and dedicated email or web security solutions.
  • In March 2022, Alibaba Cloud announced the launch of its first data center in South Korea. The company will offer South Korean customers more secure, reliable, and scalable cloud services, underlining its commitment to empowering South Korean businesses with digital transformation. Such instances will increase the demand for cybersecurity in the country.
  • Moreover, In May 2021, Microsoft announced the launch of its first Asia Pacific Public Sector Cyber Security Executive Council across seven markets in the region, including South Korea. The council aims to accelerate public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, share threat intelligence and build a strong and coordinated response against cyberattacks in the region.
South Korea Cybersecurity Market

Competitive Landscape

The South Korea Cybersecurity Market is highly competitive, with many global players working in the country. These major players adopt strategic initiatives such as mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, and new product offerings due to increasing awareness regarding mobility security among enterprises.

  • September 2021 - Palo Alto Networks announced the launch of new security features for its Prisma Cloud product that will give developers and DevOps teams access to container image sandboxing. The update includes security for virtual machines on Azure and Google Cloud as well as Windows support, service mesh support, and enhanced API telemetry.

Recent Development

  • December 2021 - India and South Korea agreed to strengthen strategic cooperation in cybersecurity, information technology, maritime security, and threats and challenges from terrorism, extremism, and radicalization. The two sides discussed a range of key issues at the third India-Republic of Korea strategic dialogue held in the national capital.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 An Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Rising frequency and sophistication of target-based cybersecurity incidents

      2. 5.1.2 Increased adoption of IoT and BYOD trend

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Lack of Cybersecurity Professionals

      2. 5.2.2 Budget limitations among organizations


    1. 6.1 By Product Type

      1. 6.1.1 Solutions

        1. Identity and Access Management

        2. Threat Detection and Prevention (Unified Threat Management and Threat Mitigation)

        3. Security and Vulnerability Management

        4. DDoS Mitigation

        5. Security Information and Event Management

        6. Other Solutions

      2. 6.1.2 Services

    2. 6.2 By Deployment

      1. 6.2.1 Cloud

      2. 6.2.2 On-Premise

    3. 6.3 By End-user Industry

      1. 6.3.1 Aerospace and Defense

      2. 6.3.2 Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance

      3. 6.3.3 Healthcare

      4. 6.3.4 Manufacturing

      5. 6.3.5 Retail

      6. 6.3.6 IT and Telecommunication

      7. 6.3.7 Other End-user Industries


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 IBM Corporation

      2. 7.1.2 Check Point Software Technologies Ltd

      3. 7.1.3 AVG Technologies (Avast Software s.r.o.)

      4. 7.1.4 Fortinet Inc.

      5. 7.1.5 Palo Alto Networks Inc.

      6. 7.1.6 Cisco Systems Inc.

      7. 7.1.7 Intel Security (Intel Corporation)

      8. 7.1.8 Dell Technologies Inc.

      9. 7.1.9 Cyber Ark Software Ltd

      10. 7.1.10 Broadcom Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The South Korea Cybersecurity Market market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The South Korea Cybersecurity Market is growing at a CAGR of 16.55% over the next 5 years.

IBM Corporation, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd, AVG Technologies (Avast Software s.r.o.), Fortinet Inc., Palo Alto Networks Inc. are the major companies operating in South Korea Cybersecurity Market.

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