The New Endpoint Security Market…

Venture capital investments in cybersecurity companies are aggressive these days but yesterday’s news was startling nonetheless. First, Cylance announced a round of $120 million led by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. Cylance says that the funding will help it expand sales and marketing initiatives and extend its global footprint. Not to be outdone, Cylance archenemy CrowdStrike announced a round of $200m, led by General Atlantic and IVP, and now claims a valuation of more than $3 billion. Like its rival, CrowdStrike says that the new funding will go toward sales and marketing as well as product development. These two “unicorns” are not alone. Tanium and Cybereason have also enjoyed funding rounds of $100m while SentinelOne raised $70m in a series C round last year. Holy antivirus, Batman! Now all this VC investment seems a little crazy at first glance. After all, the entire endpoint security market is somewhere in the 5 to 7 billion-dollar range and its currently dominated by a cabal of vendors including Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro, and Webroot. Given this market reality, it’s fair to ask how the Sand Hill Rd. phat cats can justify this level of investment in a crowded and mature market. Yup, endpoint security investment is aggressive but there is some wisdom behind this VC strategy. Today’s endpoint security market no longer looks like the antivirus market circa 2008. Rather, it is transforming rapidly for several reasons: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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“Gotta Have” Endpoint Security Suite Functionality

The movement toward next-generation endpoint security has accelerated over the last few years for a simple reason – cybersecurity professionals aren’t happy with the efficacy of existing antivirus tools. This market demand has led to a wave of investment and innovation from vendors like Carbon Black, CrowdStrike, Cylance, Morphisec, SentinelOne, and many others. New endpoint security technologies tended to come in one of two areas. Advanced prevention tools added new techniques for detecting malware that bypassed AV signatures. Many of these tools also contained anti-exploit technologies for detecting and blocking common memory exploits and/or attacks against common applications like browsers. At the other end of the endpoint security continuum, some organizations had new requirements for endpoint detection and response (EDR). These tools monitor endpoint behavior and collect data which is then used for security analytics. In the past, most organizations chose new tools for advanced prevention or EDR but not both. About 75% to 80% went with advanced prevention and the remainder chose EDR. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Palo Alto Endpoint Security Announcement: A Proof…

Did you see the Palo Alto Networks announcement yesterday? If not, here’s my synopsis. PAN introduced a new endpoint security technology named “Traps” that is the ultimate result of the company’s acquisition of Cyvera this past March. In simple terms, Traps provides three core security functions: To read the complete article, CLICK HERE

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Antivirus Software Is Not Quite Dead Yet

In a Wall Street Journal article published earlier this week, Symantec SVP Brian Dye, is quoted as saying that “antivirus is dead.”  Dye goes on to proclaim that “we (Symantec) don’t think of antivirus as a moneymaker in any way.” I beg your pardon, Brian?  Isn’t Symantec the market leader?  Just what are you saying?  In lieu of specific answers to these questions, the blogosphere and Twitter have become a grapevine of rumors – about Symantec, AV, etc.  Panic and wild predictions abound.  Dogs and cats living together in the streets . . . I’ve been researching the endpoint security market for a good dozen years so allow me to put Dye’s death certificate in context. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Advanced Malware Detection and Response and… on the Rise

Think about all of the cybersecurity industry activity with advanced malware detection and response and what comes to mind? Most people would probably focus on technology vendors like Bromium, Cylance, Damballa, FireEye, and Palo Alto Networks since these firms have garnered headlines, raised vast fortunes of VC funding, and even pushed through successful IPOs. Yup, all of these technology vendors seem to be doing just fine, but there is another parallel success story in play – albeit a rather stealthy one. Advanced malware detection and response services revenue is actually growing at about twice as fast as product revenue. Much of this growth is coming from the midmarket but enterprise organizations are also jumping on the bandwagon. According to ESG research, 60% of enterprise organizations already working with professional/managed security services have increased their use of these services “substantially” or “somewhat” over the last 2 years. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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