From RSA to 2007 and beyond

The Forrester security team: Jen Albornoz Mulligan, Natalie Lambert, Laura Koetzle, Christopher McClean, Jonathan Penn, Paul Stamp, and Chenxi Wang attended this year's RSA. Among the 7 of us, we probably talked to 90% of the companies represented at the conference (if not more).  Collectively, here is our team's takeaway and outlook for 2007 and beyond:

1. Lots of service plays and blended software/service offerings (we predicted this trend before the conference). Software as a service seems to be maturing in the security world, particularly in the content filtering and SIM spaces.

2. More big players are getting into the security business. Oracle had a booth at RSA! Smaller vendors seem to target more at potential acquirers or VC funding rather than customers, which means M&A activities will remain high (We also predicted this in our pre-conference poll, see our Feb 5th blog entry: RSA trends). Increasingly, security will be a market made up of big businesses.

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Trends at this year's RSA

Hi everyone. This post is from Chenxi Wang, your new security analyst :-). I've been with Forrester for an entire week! I polled a few senior folks in the industry to get their opinion on this year's top trends at RSA. Here is the feedback (it was difficult to derive consensus, so I compiled the top four responses.) They are listed in the Letterman fashion, from #4 to #1, [Drum rolls...]: 

#4: A raft of identity management solutions brings a renewed focus on identity management. Federated identity will continue to languish.

#3:  There will be lots of services plays (be they software as a service, MSSP, or proserv of various sorts).

#2. Everything will be about endpoint security, particularly mobile devices. However, there are a lot of impending mergers and acquisitions. Also, this year we should see aggressively priced imported components from Asia that create price pressure.

And the #1 trend in RSA 2007 is...

#1: There are a lot of conversations on risk management but little consensus on what RM really means.

People who participated in this poll:

Becky Bace: Venture consultant, Trident Capital

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