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Report studies top 10 IT security companiestest.

Government Insights (IDC) : 21 March, 2008  (New Product)
Analysis undertaken of largest IT security companies in report developed by Government Insights.
Government Insights has announced the release of a new study, A Government Perspective of the Worldwide Top 10 IT Security Vendors, which analyses vendors that comprise the world's 10 largest IT security vendors, as measured by revenue, and profiles the products, services, activities, and market share of these IT security software vendors in the government market. As the competition increases surrounding the IT security industry, this study is a key tool for examining the strengths and weaknesses of security-specific offerings and activities, with particular emphasis on the US federal government. The solution providers analysed in this study are: CA, Check Point, Cisco, EMC, IBM, Juniper Networks, McAfee, Microsoft, Symantec, and Trend Micro.

As the IT security industry continues to consolidate through mergers and acquisitions, Government Insights expects that the market shares of most of the vendors profiled in this report will continue to grow. This trend will be reinforced and accelerated by the ongoing drives for consolidation and optimisation in IT infrastructures that are becoming increasingly important priorities for government agencies, especially in the United States. At the same time, more holistic approaches to implementing and securing an organisation's IT infrastructure and operations will mean that approaches such as CA's Enterprise IT Management (EITM) or Cisco's Self-Defending Network should have greater appeal to government CIOs and IT managers.

'Government IT security budgets may be growing but the threats from hackers, malware, bots, phishing, and other attacks are growing even faster and more sophisticated. On the other hand, government IT security managers have an abundance of choices among security solutions and vendors to enable them to defend against those threats,' said Mark Kagan, research manager at Government Insights, and author of the report. 'This study provides a solid baseline to assist government IT buyers to make more informed decisions in the crucial area of security.'

Government Insights is also tracking the government's adoption of IPv6 which provides added network-layer security and automatic configuration options for certain types of network connectivity. In a related study, The Top 20 IPv6 Influencers Working With the US Government, Government Insights cites the most influential players that the US federal government is working with today as it ramps up its IPv6 transition efforts. Included are companies such as Check Point, Cisco, IBM and Juniper Networks, that are rising to the top in both security and the move to IPv6.

'IPv6 migration and implementation will be a long-term challenge for federal agencies,' says Shawn McCarthy, research director, Government Vendor Programs at Government Insights. 'Understanding who the major players are in the government IPv6 market, how they are influencing the Internet Protocol, and how agencies can make use of that expertise to improve their IPv6 networks can help smooth that transition.'

To assist government security technology buyers the data also highlights the multiple ways in which these vendors sell their security products into the government market. The principal channels are through integrators, resellers, and distributors. However, buyers should pay careful attention to the companies with which these vendors partner on government contracts. More often than not, implementations and operation of security solutions are team efforts, especially when security products are typically sold through channels.

Government Insights will be hosting a complimentary Webcast on April 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm Eastern on this subject; 'Baseline Your Provider's Capabilities - A Government Perspective of the Worldwide Top 10 IT Security Vendors'. Registration is required in advance.
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