Technology Vendors Boost IT Security Portfolio in Line With BYOD, Cloud Trends

By | Nov 14, 2012

IBM is rolling out a slew of IT security enhancements with which it promises to close security gaps associated with enterprise mobility, cloud, and big data environments. Although IBM has experienced slowing revenues over the last few quarters, it maintains a solid reputation as an innovative player in the enterprise technology market. With its biggest security software release to date, IBM hopes to gain ground in the security market where spending will rise to $21 billion next year as Gartner reports.

According to Gartner, other leading security vendors have also been aggressive with product releases in hopes of gaining greater market share. As of now, Symantec holds the largest software security market share with 20 percent, while McAfee, with 6.9 percent market share, comes in at a distant second. And as the competition boils up in the security market, small and midsize IT should expect affordable security tools necessary to combat growing cybersecurity threats inherent to emerging technology trends such as cloud, big data, and enterprise mobility (BYOD).

Differing Midsize IT Security Needs

As CloudTimes reports, the raft of new security products released by IBM covers multiple aspects of maintaining corporate network security.

For mobile device protection, IBM Security Access Manager and IBM Worklight enables CIOs to manage and configure employee mobile devices, create and deploy apps, and maintain security of valuable business information transmitted through vulnerable devices.

For cloud protection, IBM Smart Cloud and End Point Manager enable businesses to provision virtual machine workloads to the cloud. IBM Security zSecure further ensures real time data protection with automated auditing capabilities.

For data security, the IBM InfoSphere Guardium automates compliance reporting for unstructured Hadoop-based data, and also aids with dissemination and implementation of corporate security and privacy policies.

In October of this year McAfee, announced its Data Center Security Suite for cloud and virtual environments. Symantec also carries similar security products for mobile and virtual platforms.

Analysts believe major vendors such as Symantec, McAfee, EMC, and IBM are making timely moves by launching multiple tools to secure corporate data in a world where security threats are increasing parallel with the growth of emerging technology trends.

For business organizations, these product launches in context of recent market trends have a more profound meaning. As businesses embrace emerging technology trends, sensitive business information is more likely to be transmitted externally through the cloud or the mobile devices of employees. Therefore, the need for comprehensive security deployments will also rise. Internal IT networks are no longer the only targets of cyber criminals. So there is a growing demand for security solutions that protect data as it travels through less secure channels into the cloud or mobile devices.

These security solutions will interest large enterprises where trends such as cloud, enterprise mobility and big data have gained momentum. And while midsize firms gradually increase the use of these emerging technologies, IT managers should realize what scale of security deployments is required to ensure risk-free IT operations in the cloud or mobile devices as cyber threats continue to persist.

Large enterprises capitalize on emerging technology trends because they have ample security deployments to combat persistent security threats. Midsize firms are much slower at adopting new platforms due to cost, complexities, and security fears. However, as small and midsize firms gradually adopt these new technologies the demand for specialized security products will also grow in the midsize market. For midsize businesses operating in data intensive or niche technology markets, many have already seen full scale adoption of current IT trends, and advanced security products are invaluable.

While security threats continue to be a growing problem for businesses, the reality is that the majority of security threats faced by small and midsize businesses can be mitigated by using simple tools and following basic security protocols such as multilayered authentication, the use of in-house applications where feasible, and requirements to change passwords frequently.

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