At last week’s RSA Conference, you couldn’t walk more than 10 feet on the show floor without a security vendor pitching you on its technology “platform.” Yup, Check Point, Cisco, FireEye, Forcepoint, Fortinet, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec, Trend Micro, Webroot, and lots of others are now busy pitching platforms and will continue to do so.
Okay, but what is the actual definition of this term? In general, vendors use the word “platform” to describe an integrated amalgamation of point products that creates a common and interoperable architecture. It’s safe to say that all vendors agree upon this platform characteristic. Beyond this basic functionality, however, there doesn’t seem to be much consensus on security technology platform requirements.