Jon Oltsik

Senior Principal Analyst

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    Jan 31, 2007

    Redefining Symantec (Symantec buys Altiris)

    On January 29, Symantec reached into its wallet again and grabbed IT services oriented management software leader Altiris for $830 million. While Symantec boasted about desktop and mobile device management synergies, ESG believes this acquisition can catapult Symantec into an IT risk management leader.
  • News
    Jan 5, 2007

    What will security bring in 2007?

    In his latest C/net column, Jon Oltsik looks into his crystal ball and predicts several security trends for the new year.
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    Jan 3, 2007

    Considering Kaspersky

    Get ready for a new PC security player. Microsoft Forefront? Yes, but there's also a global security leader from Russia, Kaspersky Lab. ESG believes that as Microsoft changes the PC security rules in 2007, highly regarded Kaspersky has the opportunity to sneak through the open door and penetrate the North American marketplace.
  • News
    Dec 28, 2006

    2007 Security Predictions

    ESG's Jon Oltsik discusses the security M&A landscape for 2007 with eWeek.
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    Dec 6, 2006

    IBM Buys Consul and Bolsters Its Enterprise Security Portfolio

    Before the holidays were in full swing, IBM bolstered its portfolio once again by grabbing Consul Risk Management, a company focused on policy-based security audit and compliance. This move may carry a wealth of potential benefits as it opens the door for professional services, complements IBM security and service management tools and fits into IBM's vision for cross-platform identity management and SOA.
  • News
    Dec 1, 2006

    Enterprises should demand secure software!

    In his latest C/net column, ESG's Jon Oltsik discusses the need for more secure software development.
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    Nov 29, 2006

    Fast Track Windows Vista for Data Privacy on Laptops!

    ESG Research indicates that enterprises are deploying tools for PC encryption at a growing rate. Before adding a software utility to your existing Windows install base, ESG has a radical suggestion for CIOs - consider fast tracking Windows Vista deployment. A new OS might add cost in the short term but ESG believes that organizations that make this bold move can improve security, bolster user productivity and lower IT costs sooner rather than later.
  • News
    Nov 29, 2006

    Desktop encryption in the news

    In a BASELINE Magazine article, Jon Oltsik discusses the costs associated with PC-based data breaches and the impact of Microsoft BitLocker on this issue.
  • News
    Nov 27, 2006

    Data privacy and encryption

    ESG's Jon Oltsik discusses the strengths and weaknesses surrounding data encryption.
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    Nov 17, 2006

    Seagate DriveTrust: A New Option That Goes Beyond PC Disk Encryption

    Did you know that nearly 34 million people have had their personal data exposed since February 2005 as a result of lost/stolen/compromised PCs and hard drives? With this news as background it is little wonder why so many enterprise organizations are furiously deploying PC encryption tools. Aside from status quo encryption software, Seagate's recent encrypting disk provides a new and intriguing option as it offers unique security and data management benefits that go way beyond basic protection.
  • News
    Nov 9, 2006

    Security Workings at EMC

    How will EMC bring security into its diverse product offerings? ESG's Jon Oltsik thinks he knows the answer.
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    Nov 8, 2006

    Novell Access Manager 3.0: The Shape of Things to Come

    The need to support remote user access to web, Java and legacy applications is an increasingly difficult challenge for IT but business pressures demand a good solution pronto. To scale remote access, IT can no longer depend upon a bevy of tactical point tools -- it needs integrated enterprise solutions. This is where Novell's new Access Manager 3.0 comes in.
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    Nov 3, 2006

    The Security Development Lifecycle (SDL). Advantage, Microsoft

    When it comes to Microsoft and security, few people ever mention Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle (SDL). ESG believes this is an unfortunate omission. The fact is that Microsoft's commitment to SDL is an area of stealthy security leadership. ESG believes that other ISVs should embrace an SDL model as soon as possible and that enterprise organizations should mandate that technology vendors establish a measurable and transparent SDL process by 2008 or risk losing business.
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    Nov 2, 2006

    IBM: The Best Security Story You Haven't Heard

    Didn't IBM get out of security? Some people believe this but the fact is that IBM has one of the broadest portfolios of security products and services around. As security transitions from a tactical IT annoyance to a strategic enterprise business requirement, IBM is poised to win big.
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    Oct 17, 2006

    Symantec Sets a Course for Security Leadership with Security 2.0

    Symantec took its show to Broadway this week and rolled out a series of new enterprise and consumer products, services, and partners. Symantec calls this effort "Security 2.0" to reflect the rapidly evolving world of security threats and necessary safeguards. ESG believes that Symantec's market view is spot on and the company is uniquely positioned to capitalize on changing security conditions. If John Thompson and company can build upon this message, Security 2.0 could change the rules of engagement in the security industry.

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Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s information security service. With over 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of information security and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government.

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