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Posted by Jonathan Penn on February 25, 2011
I found the RSA Conference completely exhausting, but also intellectually invigorating. (Shameless plug: you can see me speaking on an RSA Keynote panel about the future of authentication here.) I came away with a much clearer picture of the trends shaping the future evolution of our market.
The first one I want to talk about is the reemergence of the endpoint as a key element of security architecture.
As our IT environments have evolved, we’ve moved a lot of our security controls into the network and into applications. While these technologies and services will remain relevant and investment in them will continue to increase, I predict a radical swing back to the endpoint as a focus for security.
I see this driven by four major market trends:
Each of these trends is a disruptive market force in its own right, which is why we presently see immature or incomplete solutions from vendors. Yet moving forward, security vendors, service providers, and enterprises will need to adjust the balance of their security investments in favor of endpoint security controls.
This will have a dramatic effect on the market landscape as well as the practice of security.