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

Abstract:

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

Abstract:

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 Master Survey Results:  Cybersecurity Landscape: The Evolution of Enterprise-class Vendors and Platforms

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on cybersecurity technology purchase trends for enterprise-class organizations (i.e., 500 or more employees), including efforts to consolidate vendors/products, as well as the appetite for cybersecurity platforms.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: Imanis Data Launches Version 4.0 and Delivers Machine Learning-based RPO

Abstract

Hadoop and NoSQL workloads are pervasive in production environments and require enterprise-class data protection, yet few data protection solutions offer such capabilities. That’s the problem Imanis Data is zooming in on. Imanis Data is demonstrating that it is squarely focused on product execution and is putting its B-round of $13.5 million from earlier this year to good use. The recent announcement of v 4.0 introduces many new data protection features, including some innovative machine learning-based capabilities.

Topics: Cybersecurity Data Protection Data Management

ESG Master Survey Results: Cybersecurity Trends at SMB Organizations

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the cybersecurity threat landscape faced by SMB organizations (i.e., 50 to 499 employees), the subsequent challenges they face, and the measures they currently—and expect to—take to counteract both.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: Okta and VMware: Extending a Secure, Productive Workspace

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Being able to work anywhere, anytime, on any device continues to help boost employee productivity and satisfaction, though it still presents assorted challenges for the IT organization when securing the enterprise. However, relief to this problem may be in sight: Okta, a provider of identity management software delivered as a cloud service, and VMware, an innovator in digital workspace delivery and management, recently announced their partnership, bringing together the benefits of VMware’s Workspace ONE with Okta’s Identity Cloud.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: The Role of DevSecOps in Automating Application Container  Security

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The rapid adoption of application containers is creating a new set of cybersecurity challenges and, as a result, an expanded set of requirements for server workload security solutions. Research conducted by ESG shows that containers are moving quickly into production with a side effect of sprawl, as previously experienced by IT departments with the advent of virtual machines. Exploit attacks experienced by many organizations have created concerns about how application container environments—including registry-resident images and orchestration platforms—expose a new set of software, configuration, and access vulnerabilities. ESG research also reveals a strong interest in automating security via DevOps (“DevSecOps”) and shows how these practices allow cybersecurity and operations teams to integrate security in each stage of the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline that governs the build-ship-run phases of the container lifecycle.

Topics: Cybersecurity Systems Management AWS re:Invent

ESG Channel Survey: Modern Partner Enablement Trends

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The objectives of this channel survey were to identify current trends and needs for effective partner enablement today, and determine how IT vendors should modernize their partner enablement programs and delivery from the ground up. ESG surveyed channel partners that sell into mid-size and enterprise organizations--38% IT value-added reseller, 36% managed services provider, 20% cloud services provider, 4% national or global systems integrator, 2% local or regional systems integrator. Survey respondents represented small, midmarket, and enterprise companies.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Converged Infrastructure Cybersecurity Data Management Data Protection Enterprise Mobility Networking Storage Systems Management Channel

ESG Brief: The Growth in the Use of Application Containers

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Over the past several years, application containers and container management platforms, such as Docker and Kubernetes, have emerged as a new application packaging and delivery format, optimized for more agile application management and delivery. But with this rise has come questions about both the level of adoption and pervasiveness of usage for containers. Research conducted by ESG shows that containers are quickly moving from labs into production via the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) DevOps methodologies being employed by many organizations that now manage infrastructure as code (IaC). But ESG also found that the move to containers doesn’t exclude existing application deployment methods, nor are containers limited to only new cloud-native applications.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Cybersecurity Systems Management AWS re:Invent