ESG Brief: Toward Cybersecurity Technology Platforms

Abstract:

Enterprise organizations anchor their cybersecurity requirements with an army of disconnected point tools today, but this strategy no longer offers the scale, efficacy, or efficiency needed for preventing, detecting, and responding to cyber-attacks. To address this mismatch, ESG research indicates that many organizations are already consolidating the number of vendors and tools they use for security today, replacing point tools with integrated security technology architectures. This portends a new era of security products—cybersecurity technology “platforms.” This raises questions such as: What is a security platform? What are the most important attributes of a cybersecurity technology platform?

ESG research reveals the answers to these questions, providing a roadmap for security professionals and technology vendors.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: Cybersecurity Landscape: The Evolution of Enterprise-class Vendors

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Security strategies based upon disconnected point tools are ineffective and inefficient. As a result, many organizations are consolidating security technologies and winnowing down their list of vendors while building a security architecture based upon tightly coupled security controls and services. This transition has several ramifications. On the demand side, it is altering security technology procurement behavior where organizations are spending more money with fewer vendors. Of course, this is having a boomerang effect on the supply side as security vendors integrate their products and services with the hopes of offering enterprise-class cybersecurity “platforms” covering threat prevention, detection, and response capabilities across endpoints, networks, servers, and cloud-resident workloads. This brief examines these trends through the eyes of 232 IT and cybersecurity professionals. The data reveals existing cybersecurity technology strategies and the challenges they present. It proceeds to investigate how organizations plan to address these challenges through technology integration, vendor consolidation, and a move toward cybersecurity “platforms.”

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Master Survey Results: 2018 Data Protection Landscape Survey

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This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the changes and challenges impacting the data protection landscape, from emerging technologies like AI and cloud computing through new compliance requirements to a confluence with cyber threats.

Topics: Data Protection Cybersecurity Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Analysis of IBM's Acquisition of Red Hat – Is it a Game Changer?

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IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat has been termed a “game changer” by many, but what is the real impact of this deal? While the deal is significant in scope, the near-term impacts will be limited by the lack of existing synergies in the combined product portfolio. This acquisition helps IBM’s position in the hybrid cloud market significantly but doesn’t enable it to leapfrog competitors like Microsoft, AWS, or Google. The biggest opportunity for IBM is in the container and Kubernetes space, especially if on-premises and bare metal containers become popular. The new IBM would be very well positioned for that type of cloud.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Storage