Posted by Chenxi Wang on February 5, 2007
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
Mark Cummings: Managing Partner, enVia Technology Partners, Inc.
Dr. Ravi Ganesan: Founder and CTO of TriCipher, Inc.
Dr. Joe Pato: HP fellow
John Muir: Managing Partner, Trusted strategies. Founder of Pointsec