451 Research: Palo Alto Networks, Cisco and Dell are Top Vendors for Intrusion Detection and Prevention

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AirWatch by VMware and Mobile Iron lead adoption for security capabilities in the Enterprise Mobility Management market.

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"As the understanding of the prevalence of advanced attackers increases, security managers have continued a move from reliance on preventative controls to an increased focus on security monitoring and incident response," - Daniel Kennedy

According to 451 Research’s new Voice of the Enterprise: Information Security quarterly study, more than a quarter of the enterprises surveyed name Cisco as their primary Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS/IPS) platform provider. In the 451 Research Vendor Window™, enterprises rated Palo Alto Networks highest especially for technical innovation, brand/reputation, and intrusion detection capabilities. Cisco FirePower/SourcePower and Dell Secure Works tied for the second highest rated vendors based on evaluations from 353 existing customers. Based on evaluation of 16 different vendor attributes, the Vendor Window plots enterprise adoption as well as indices that compare vendors' promise prior to deployment as well as fulfillment after deployment. These latest findings – including a Vendor Window for Security in Enterprise Mobility Management – are based on responses from over 1,000 IT professionals, primarily in North America and EMEA, including 580 unique vendor evaluations in May and June 2015.

As expected, spending on security remains strong with 37% of enterprise security managers expecting to increase their budget in the next 90 days. Only 4% of enterprises are decreasing security spending. Although security budgets are stable or increasing for almost all organizations, security managers reported significant obstacles in implementing desired security projects due to lack of staff expertise (34.5%) and inadequate staffing (26.4%). As one security manager in the retail industry noted, “We continue to struggle with staffing . . . We have been given the open requisitions to hire people, but now we're trying to find the people.” Given this challenge, only 24% of enterprises have 24x7 monitoring in place using internal resources.

More than half of respondents (52%) noted ‘hackers with malicious intent’ as their top security concern over the past 90 days, followed by navigating compliance requirements (38%). As a consequence, 26% of security managers noted that compliance requirements were a key driver in getting projects approved, second only to risk assessment cited by 26.5% of respondents.

"As the understanding of the prevalence of advanced attackers increases, security managers have continued a move from reliance on preventative controls to an increased focus on security monitoring and incident response," said Daniel Kennedy, Research Director for Information Security. "Intrusion detection and/or prevention systems are one of the most established and ubiquitous security monitoring tools in place at large enterprises, and perhaps one of the most underutilized. Only 44.4% of enterprises have around-the-clock active monitoring in place."

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) Security
A Vendor Window on the security aspects of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) indicates AirWatch by VMware and MobileIron led adoption, with AirWatch being cited as the most important EMM vendor by 28% of surveyed enterprises. AirWatch garnered high scores in brand/reputation and product usability amongst their current customers.

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Voice of the Enterprise: Information Security
Published quarterly, 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Information Security provides a demand-side view of security technology adoption. These survey-driven reports are derived from 800-1,500 customer surveys and 25 in-depth interviews with senior security professionals each quarter. Learn more about Voice of the Enterprise: Information Security, as well as other Voice of the Enterprise products that cover Cloud Computing, Software-Defined Datacenters, Storage, Datacenter Facilities, and Integrated & Converged Platforms. Learn More.

About 451 Research’s Vendor Window Methodology
The Vendor Window plots enterprise adoption and Promise and Fulfillment Indices, and is typically based on 300+ unique vendor ratings per market. Only existing customers of each vendor complete the vendor evaluations. Vendors with larger circles have greater adoption in the marketplace. The Promise and Fulfillment Indices compare vendors’ effectiveness at marketing and execution. A vendor located in the upper right quadrant – under-promising and over-delivering – is rated highly for both its promise and the ability to fulfill its promise relative to its peers. Conversely, a vendor in the lower left quadrant rates lower than its peers on the same criteria.

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