Security a Concern for SaaS Implementations

Market research firm Infonetics Research released “User Plans for Content Security,” a market research study on the content security buying plans of 240 North American small, medium, and large organizations from a wide variety of vertical markets.

“When we asked companies what kind of products they are using to combat viruses, spyware and adware, most said they use a mix of host products, gateway appliances, and gateway software, including purchased stand-alone software products and licensed SaaS clients,” notes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for network security at Infonetics Research. “This phenomenon is one of the biggest drivers for many companies to move to hosted and cloud-based solutions; appliance sprawl and large and unwieldy client deployments are time consuming and expensive, and the promise of moving that headache into the cloud is very tempting.”

Highlights of the study:

>> 60% of respondents planning to roll out a SaaS solution cited strength of security as a chief driver.

>> Cost is the number-one barrier affecting customer deployment of new content security solutions.

 The combination of the high cost of multi-box solutions and the current economic environment has driven cost to the top of the list.

>> Respondents show a good increase in plans for virtual appliance deployments.

>> The majority of respondents say the current global economic climate is not forcing them to cut content security spending, noting that compliance projects must continue and the fundamental need to protect confidential information and contain threats remains.

>> Cisco rates highest overall in user ratings of content security manufacturers, but only by a slight margin for most criteria, followed by Symantec.

Ratings are based on 8 criteria: technology, product roadmap, security, management, price-to-performance ratio, pricing, financial stability, and service and support

For report details and table of contents, log on or join: http://www.infonetics.com/login. From the portal, go to “Research” then “Security.”

Market research firm Infonetics Research released “User Plans for Content Security,” a market research study on the content security buying plans of 240 North American small, medium, and large organizations from a wide variety of vertical markets.

“When we asked companies what kind of products they are using to combat viruses, spyware and adware, most said they use a mix of host products, gateway appliances, and gateway software, including purchased stand-alone software products and licensed SaaS clients,” notes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for network security at Infonetics Research. “This phenomenon is one of the biggest drivers for many companies to move to hosted and cloud-based solutions; appliance sprawl and large and unwieldy client deployments are time consuming and expensive, and the promise of moving that headache into the cloud is very tempting.”

Highlights of the study:

>> 60% of respondents planning to roll out a SaaS solution cited strength of security as a chief driver.

>> Cost is the number-one barrier affecting customer deployment of new content security solutions.

 The combination of the high cost of multi-box solutions and the current economic environment has driven cost to the top of the list.

>> Respondents show a good increase in plans for virtual appliance deployments.

>> The majority of respondents say the current global economic climate is not forcing them to cut content security spending, noting that compliance projects must continue and the fundamental need to protect confidential information and contain threats remains.

>> Cisco rates highest overall in user ratings of content security manufacturers, but only by a slight margin for most criteria, followed by Symantec.

Ratings are based on 8 criteria: technology, product roadmap, security, management, price-to-performance ratio, pricing, financial stability, and service and support

For report details and table of contents, log on or join: http://www.infonetics.com/login. From the portal, go to “Research” then “Security.”

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