PRO+ Premium Content/Information Security magazine

Thank you for joining!
Access your Pro+ Content below.
March 2008

Face-Off: Is Security Market Consolidation a Plague or Progress

Marcus Ranum Point You did your research and comparisons, and convinced your boss you'd found the right product to suit your company's needs. You invested hours in evaluation and testing before making the purchase, not to mention the days spent fielding it, learning its intricacies, and configuring and tuning it. Then comes the email informing you of an announcement that your chosen product/vendor had just been acquired by an industry giant and the product was going to be offered bundled with the giant's "complete, enterprise solution." You'd be happy except for the fact that most of the other products in the bundle are lousy, and the industry giant has had a history of discontinuing good products, apparently at random, or putting them in maintenance-only mode so they quickly become obsolete also-rans. Sound familiar? Welcome to the downside of consolidation! It's living proof that bigger is not always better and that capitalism exists to serve businesses' profit margins, not the customer. Practically every one of us who works ...

Access this PRO+ Content for Free!

By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers.

You also agree that your personal information may be transferred and processed in the United States, and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy.

Features in this issue

  • Comparative Product Review: Six Web Application Firewalls

    No longer can security managers focus only on perimeter and host security. The application has become the prime target for hackers. We review six leading Web application firewalls from Barracuda, Bee Ware, Breach Security, Citrix, F5 and Imperva that help deliver your critical apps securely.

Columns in this issue