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Does information security market consolidation mean the end of the line?
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of July/August 2011
I’ve covered the information security industry for more than a decade and seen plenty of security companies come and go. Remember Entercept? How about Riptech, Neoteris or Teros? All were energetic startups that made a splash before being swallowed up by larger vendors. In fact, if there’s been any constant in the industry over the past 10 years, its consolidation. Symantec’s been one of the biggest buyers, acquiring 23 companies between May 2005 and last August. Its purchases include some big security players, such as Verisign’s security business and PGP, as well as some outside of security like Veritas. McAfee (which has been through several incarnations, including being part of the old Network Associates) has gone on its own shopping sprees, snapping up Foundstone, Reconnex and Secure Computing, among others, before being acquired by Intel last August. McAfee getting bought by chip giant Intel surprised many in the industry, but the deal was part of an ongoing shift in information security market consolidation. In addition to...
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Features in this issue
Big tech companies are scooping up security vendors with mixed results.
Fending off modern computer attacks requires actively hunting down intruders.
PCI group outlines challenges in achieving compliance with payment data on virtualized systems.
Security teams strive to gain visibility from a deluge of security information and put that data to work.
Columns in this issue
Be aware of changing technology and industry trends, and your job prospects will fall in line.
The idea that social media and other Web 2.0 technologies have vastly altered the threat landscape is plain wrong.
Large IT companies are buying up security vendors, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of room for innovative startups.