Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2012 Security Strategy for On-Premise, Hosted, and Hybrid Solutions: North American Enterprise Survey, which takes an in-depth look at how small, medium, and large businesses plan to protect themselves from electronic threats of all types.
"For the 2nd year in a row, businesses participating in our security strategies survey show a strong interest in hybrid security solutions that blend on-premise security with cloud and hosted services," reveals Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.
Wilson advises: "Going forward, security vendots that don't offer a mix of products and hosted services/SaaS need to realize that customers will expect to consume security in this hybrid way, especially as they move more of their infrastructure into the cloud and operate hybrid IT environments as well. Whether by rolling out their own hosted services, or partnering closely with the providers that deliver hosted services with their security technology, businesses will expect a single source for hybrid solutions within the next 3 years."
SECURITY STRATEGIES SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS
* More than half of enterprises surveyed use some form of hosted/SaaS (security-as-a-service) security solution, and 58% believe they will always operate a mix of on-premise and hosted/SaaS solutions
* Protecting against theft of data and preventing accidental leakage of data are the top drivers for deploying security solutions
* Cost rmains the #1 barrier affecting respondent deployments of new security solutions
* Enterprises rated Cisco, Microsoft, McAfee, and Symantec as the top vendors for every leadership criterion (technology, security, solution breadth, etc.), although no vendor stood out as the clear leader
For its enterprise security strategies survey, Infonetics Research interviewed security purchase-decision makers at 101 small, medium, and large organizations. The 21-page report includes 13 exhibits and analysis of end-user responses to questions about security technology trends and deployment drivers, barriers, and strategies. The survey features enterprise ratings of 12 security vendors (Blue Coat, Check Point, Cisco, Dell/SonicWALL, Fortinet, Juniper, McAfee, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec, WatchGuard, and Websense) on 10 criteria.