This IDC study discusses the evolving nature of the unified security market. While the concept of unified security is a buzzword in the industry at present, with many vendors purporting to help buyers achieve their security goals in a more integrated manner, the reality is that the propositions available on the market are diverse. Customers must consider the goals that they seek to achieve in order to piece together an appropriate architecture and road map. This report aims to bring structure and clarity to the following considerations for unified security: enterprise pain points that are driving this emerging theme, responses from the vendor landscape, the beneficial impact that those solutions can offer, the future direction of the market, and recommendations for those seeking to embrace unified security.
"Unified security can mean many different things to different vendors and buyers," said Dominic Trott, research manager, IDC's European Security Practice. "At the heart of the matter, enterprises seek to reduce the complexity that has evolved around fragmented approaches to security procurement. This has increased the workload for security professionals seeking to understand the enterprise's holistic security posture. The provider landscape has reacted with solutions that aim to integrate the various products that make up the security environment, providing insight through a single dashboard. At present, the focus for many vendors lies on speeding up the process of threat detection, helping internal resources to focus on remediating breaches. Going forward, vendors seek to automate the process of remediation itself, with orchestration and software-defined security positioned as lightening the load even further."