More Consolidation, Integration Coming in Cybersecurity
… more consolidation and integration of products from smaller vendors. BlackBerry’s acquisition of Cylance is a great example of consolidation, with integration expected in BlackBerry’s future security portfolio.
Ovum expects to see more vendors and providers using small acquisitions to improve their security solutions, integrating some capabilities across their portfolios, developing more integrated solutions that will allow customers to have multiple security features in one portal and helping to eliminate the number of security vendors that customers must purchase from.
Vendors, Providers Integrating Offerings with Platforms
The need to integrate crosses vendor and provider boundaries as customers look for fewer tools and less provider diversity. RSA offered a quick glimpse of this trend, which will continue for the next few years. Ovum expects to see further evolution of this trend for the vendors and providers to embed more capabilities within security solutions and create more bundles for customers to eliminate the need for more tools.
The other benefit will be some relief from the lack of security talent. A by-product of this integration is the move to platforms, which was mentioned in many RSA meetings. Vendors and MSSPs alike promoted new security platforms to eliminate the need for more tools and interfaces to manage. With almost every briefing, there was talk of having an open platform to add other vendors or services into the mix and the promotion of a security ecosystem. Symantec isn’t alone in this idea of a platform, with Cisco and Microsoft talking about their new security platforms.
On the provider side, many MSPs and MSSPs talked of creating standard solutions using their respective security platforms to allow for more integrated services and less need for custom integration. Interestingly enough, even Google presented its plans for a more integrated security platform for Google services. Not all of this was totally new, but at RSA it was a common element shared in almost all discussions with providers and vendors. Ovum predicts the use of platforms and baked-in security features will be the focus of many security industry players. We can only hope that customers don’t suffer from security platform fatigue.
Mike Sapien is chief analyst, Enterprise Services, at Ovum Consulting, part of Informa Telecoms and Media Limited, where he follows networking, security and enterprise mobility requirements, including 5G and IoT, as well as emerging technology for the large enterprise market. He has more than 30 years of experience with telecoms and the internet services industry. Follow #InformaTech and Mike @Ovum, @MikeSapien or on LinkedIn.