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Datamonitor predicts near term defragmentation of IT security market.

Datamonitor : 24 July, 2007  (Technical Article)
Datamonitor puts Symantec at the top of the list for leadership in pulling together the fragmented market in enterprise data security products.
By the end of 2007, independent market analyst Datamonitor (DTM.L), estimates enterprises globally will have pumped $15.8 billion into securing their networks and systems. This will grow to 20.9 billion by 2010. However, though highly dynamic, the global enterprise security market is fragmented. As such, enterprises cannot rely on just one vendor for all their IT security needs, despite their wanting to simplify the procurement and management of their security deployments. In a new report, " Decision Matrix: Selecting an Enterprise Security Vendor," Datamonitor (DTM.L) provides enterprises with a guide that can assist them in choosing a security partner to help them implement their primary security solutions before deploying secondary solutions from other vendors. The report reveals the top performing enterprise security vendors based on a quantitative assessment of their capabilities, end-user sentiment, as well as the technology features that they offer.

"The enterprise security market is changing rapidly and will continue to do so in the medium term," says Alaa Owaineh, Datamonitor technology and author of the study. "The fragmented state of the market, both in terms of vendors and solution offerings, is not sustainable and the industry will have to adapt to end-users' demands and to market forces driving consolidation and integration."

Enterprise security includes all software, hardware and services that protect enterprise systems and information from unauthorized access and misuse. This also includes solutions that ensure enterprises are complying with regulations and that they are managing their IT security and user policy effectively. For the purposes of this report, vendors' comparative performance is measured in three key areas: end-user sentiment, market impact and technology. Key findings from the research reveal:

Symantec's broad security portfolio covers all major areas of enterprise security with the exception of Identity and Access Management (I&AM). Symantec's move towards IT systems management, through the Veritas merger and the Altiris acquisition, places it in a unique position to take advantage of the coming convergence between security and systems management. Datamonitor expects Symantec to continue to develop its solutions and increase its focus on information protection and security management. Symantec is also aggressively growing its managed services and consulting operations.

McAfee is a joint leader in the enterprise security market with Symantec, and has a similar set of enterprise security offerings. McAfee's focus is somewhat different though; it is less focused on breadth and more focused on catering for emerging user requirements. Examples of this include its early entry into the data loss prevention market ahead of other major security vendors, as well as its focus on network access control (NAC) and information protection, which are both rapidly emerging trends with strong potential.

IBM is very strong in many areas of enterprise security, including security management and I&AM. But more importantly, Datamonitor considers it to be the leading systems management vendor and one of the most influential infrastructure and application development vendors. This position allows IBM to heavily influence many aspects of the security market and the standards that govern this market. Datamonitor expects IBM to integrate more and more security into its Rational and Tivoli lines and thus accelerate the trend of embedded security. In Datamonitor's view, IBM will also lead the way in areas of current strategic importance to enterprises, such as change and configuration management and risk and policy management.
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