The cyberage has opened a world of possibilities that lead to the creation of disruptive technologies such as cloud, virtualization, and mobility. While enterprises are looking to improve their efficiency and lower their operating costs with such advanced technology concepts, these developments have also increased the susceptibility of enterprise data to outside threats, making the network vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Over the years, security threats have transformed from being single machine boot viruses, worms, and trojans, to multi server distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, infrastructure hacking, flash threats, and negative payload viruses. Consequently, protecting corporate information and technology assets from intruders, thieves, and vandals has become a significant challenge for most enterprises.
While investments in security technology were previously made by specific business units or IT managers in response to the specific threats that they faced, enterprises are now implementing sophisticated technologies such as software defined networks (SDN), to support the centralized network management and enforcement of an integrated multi-dimensional security policy across strategic units.
In the current scenario, mainstream security vendors are either making new product developments or forming strategic alliances to plug the technology gaps in their security portfolio. Moreover, the industry is marked by aggressive acquisitions aimed at supporting newer technologies, as well as vendors keen to enter new markets.