While networking budgets will increase in 2010, the year will be highlighted by technology consolidation, M&A activity, and new challenges for Cisco Systems.
In just the first week of a new year and a new decade, EMC announced its intent to acquire Archer Technologies, a leader in GRC software, with plans to integrate it into its RSA Security Division. By industry and even EMC standards, this deal was relatively small-but ESG believes it could have strategic implications. If EMC can integrate Archer software with its security and ITSM management systems, it could create a new management architecture just in time for the transition to virtual data centers and cloud computing.
Information security events and vulnerabilities haunted large organizations in 2009. New security technologies should help security-conscious organizations, but 2010 will likely be a very difficult year. ESG expects a steady increase in the volume and sophistication of security threats as well as a major event next year that makes the 2007 TJX breach look tame by comparison. Expect a lot of government cybersecurity activity as well-especially if ESG's dire prediction occurs.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s Information Security and Networking services. With 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in threat and security management as well as all aspects of network security. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government. Prior to joining ESG, Jon was the founder and principal of Hype-Free Consulting. He has also held senior management positions at GiantLoop Network, Forrester Research, Epoch Systems, and EMC Corporation.
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