Handicapping Enterprise Security Vendors

In the course of my average work day, I try to read all the cybersecurity news I can. I came across a very good article in Forbes that looks at the cybersecurity opportunities for companies like IBM, Cisco, Dell, and others. The article points out that the market for cybersecurity products and services is estimated at $77b today, growing to $120b by 2020. That’s a lot of firewalls, AV software, and identity tokens! Since I agree with some of the author’s points and disagree with others, I decided to post my own thoughts on my list of leading enterprise security vendors: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Trend Micro for Enterprise Security

Ask a security professional in North America to describe Trend Micro and you will likely hear about antivirus software and a grouping of vendors that also includes McAfee and Symantec.  Funny, but you’d get a completely different answer if you asked the same question in Brazil, Germany, or Japan.  In these geographies, you’d hear about a billion dollar-plus enterprise-class security leader with a full portfolio of products, partnerships, and managed services. Why the disconnect?  Trend is an Asian company that hasn’t pushed too hard into the North American market until recently (other than the consumer sector).  Furthermore, Trend isn’t known for guerilla marketing tactics, cybersecurity exposés, or expensive marketing campaigns at Black Hat and RSA. In fact, Trend is really the antithesis of today’s boastful Sand Hill Road-funded startups.  Rather than hype, the company tends to let its resources and security offerings do its talking.  Unfortunately, too many people dismiss this “aw-shucks” image and still equate Trend with AV software alone. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Enterprise[s]… Establishing a “Cybersecurity Cavalry”

Based upon numerous discussions I’ve had with CISOs, the cybersecurity cavalry [highly-skilled and well-armed troops that establish security outposts to encounter adversaries out on the frontier] isn’t a passing fad but rather a major organizational shift that is gaining momentum. Indeed, large organizations are rapidly adding headcount and increasing budgets for this group. I’ve also seen financial services, defense contractors, and retail organizations giving CISOs the cybersecurity equivalent of eminent domain, allowing them to commandeer IT segments, sound alarm bells, and establish active network policy enforcement actions to improve threat response, even if these actions may temporarily disrupt business operations. This type of authority was unheard of in the past. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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…Security Professionals Speak Out on SDN Use Cases…

At this week’s VMworld shin dig in San Francisco, many networking and security vendors will crow about software-defined security and software use cases for SDN. Some of this rhetoric will be nothing more than industry hype while other banter may prove to be extremely useful in the near future. Yes, there are many interesting ways that SDN could work to enhance network security. That said, which SDN/network security use cases are really compelling and which could be considered second-tier? ESG research asked this specific question to security professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e., more than 1,000 employees) as part of a recent ESG research report, Network Security Trends in the Era of Cloud and Mobile Computing. Here are the top 5 SDN use cases for network security: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Cloud Security Priorities and Synergies with Enterprise…

According to ESG research, 63% of mid-market (i.e., 250 to 999 employees) and enterprise (i.e., more than 1,000 employees) are currently using software-as-a service (SaaS), 33% use infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), and 27% employ platform-as-a-service (PaaS) today. Additionally, 72% of all firms are increasing their spending on cloud computing initiatives this year. (Source: ESG Research Report, 2014 IT Spending Intentions Survey, February 2014.) Wasn’t IT risk supposed to put the brakes on cloud computing deployment? Security professionals are still quite concerned. In an ESG research survey, infosec pros identified numerous cloud security risk areas as follows (Source: ESG Custom Research, IaaS Security Survey, September 2013.): To read the complete article, CLICK...

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