Window on WANs

Nov 11 2009   5:50PM GMT

Content security study points to the cloud; Cisco takes top vendor slot

Jerry Jackson Profile: JerryJackson

The complexity of security solutions needed to keep content free of viruses, malware and worse is driving many enterprises to hosted and cloud-based solutions, according to a new Infonetics Research study on the content security buying plans of 240 North American organizations of all sizes. Not surprisingly, then, cost turned out to be the number-one barrier affecting customer deployment of new content security solutions.

But as enterprises consider making those moves, equipment to address security issues on the a la carte security menu include host products, gateway appliances and gateway software, such as purchased standalone software and licensed Software as a Service (SaaS) clients, according to Infonetics network security analyst Jeff Wilson. A full 60% of study respondents planning to roll out SaaS solutions cited strength of security as a chief driver. Cisco rated highest overall in user ratings of content security manufacturers, but edged out Symantec by only a slight margin for most criteria. Infonetics based the study’s ratings on eight criteria: technology, product roadmap, security, management, price-to-performance ratio, pricing, financial stability, and service and support.

Moving away from system-specific security and toward a centralized, network-wide strategy is one course of action for businesses looking to reduce their WAN costs and position themselves to strike quickly when the economy begins to bounce back, according to CIMI Corp. President Tom Nolle.

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