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TECH BUYER Nov 2016 - IDC FutureScape - Doc # US41866116

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Security Products and Services 2017 Predictions

By: Sean Pike, Tom Austin, Duncan Brown, Robert Ayoub, Robyn WesterveltResearch Director, Security & Trust, Simon PiffVice President of Security Practice, Elizabeth Corr, Christina Richmond


This IDC study is the result of a review of industry trends and provides guidance that CIOs and CISOs may consider in their strategic planning. This study takes into account IDC's key industry drivers to develop 10 predictions and examines their potential impact on security technology and services over the next several years. Each prediction includes a short analyst summary and includes the likely impact such a prediction could have on the IT industry or technology buyer. This document also provides essential guidance to those who allocate resources as part of efforts to shrink their organization's attack surface, reduce security and privacy risk, and develop efficiencies in their security technologies and strategy. 2016 proved to be a highly volatile year. A number of high-profile security companies either split to refocus energy on core portfolio offerings or combined forces to move toward a common goal. In some cases, companies did both, choosing to divest certain assets and acquire new competencies in order to concentrate on a narrowed industry vision. Throughout it all, however, two themes remained constant.

"Despite the industry shake-ups, product manufacturers and service providers espoused the promise of smart, cognitive technology and cloud platforms coming together to maximize efficiencies. This directional chaos could result in tremendous value for the security buyer," said Sean Pike, program vice president, Security Products and eDiscovery & Information Governance. "Of course, that hopeful optimism must be measured against a more sophisticated security threat and rapidly changing technology architectures."



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