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2003 predictions: Jim Reavis

Jim Reavis
We asked security experts to give us their industry predictions for the New Year. Here's what Jim Reavis had to say.

By Congress passing the bill forming the Homeland Security Department during the lame duck session and some general signs of a recovering economy, I think that 2003 will prove to be a positive year for increased spending on information security. I believe there are a few sectors of the security industry that are ready for a break out year:

  • Managed Security Services, which received a lot of hype in late 2000/early 2001, has grown up and several companies offer complete solutions. Meanwhile, many organizations with too few resources to cover all the bases themselves are growing to trust MSSPs.

  • Patch Management, which was highly touted in the government's "National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace" report will experience strong growth, as IT departments increase the frequency of patching vulnerabilities, as opposed to simply responding to attacks in process.

  • Application Layer Security, characterized by solutions from companies such as Entercept, KaVaDo, SPIDynamics and Sanctum, will gain momentum. Hackers are discovering web applications and databases as the path of least resistance and greatest profit. Improving application layer security will be key to the widespread adoption of Web Services.

  • While IDS is certainly a hot technology, by the end of 2003 I expect that we will reach a consensus that

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