More than a quarter of the enterprises have surveyed name Cisco as their primary Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS/IPS) platform provider, according to 451 Research’s new Voice of the Enterprise: Information Security quarterly study.
In the 451 Research Vendor Window, enterprises rated Palo Alto Networks highest especially for technical innovation, brand/reputation, and intrusion detection capabilities.
Cisco FirePower/SourcePower and Dell Secure Works tied for the second highest rated vendors based on evaluations from 353 existing customers.
Based on evaluation of 16 different vendor attributes, the Vendor Window plots enterprise adoption as well as indices that compare vendors' promise prior to deployment as well as fulfilment after deployment.
These latest findings - including a Vendor Window for Security in Enterprise Mobility Management - are based on responses from over 1000 IT professionals, primarily in North America and EMEA, including 580 unique vendor evaluations in May and June 2015.
As expected, spending on security remains strong with 37 per cent of enterprise security managers expecting to increase their budget in the next 90 days.
Only 4 per cent of enterprises are decreasing security spending. Although security budgets are stable or increasing for almost all organisations, security managers reported significant obstacles in implementing desired security projects due to lack of staff expertise (34.5 per cent) and inadequate staffing (26.4 per cent).
As one security manager in the retail industry noted, “We continue to struggle with staffing . . . We have been given the open requisitions to hire people, but now we're trying to find the people.”
Given this challenge, only 24 per cent of enterprises have 24x7 monitoring in place using internal resources.
More than half of respondents (52 per cent) noted ‘hackers with malicious intent’ as their top security concern over the past 90 days, followed by navigating compliance requirements (38 per cent).
As a consequence, 26 per cent of security managers noted that compliance requirements were a key driver in getting projects approved, second only to risk assessment cited by 26.5 per cent of respondents.
“As the understanding of the prevalence of advanced attackers increases, security managers have continued a move from reliance on preventative controls to an increased focus on security monitoring and incident response,” says Daniel Kennedy, Research Director for Information Security, 451 Research.
“Intrusion detection and/or prevention systems are one of the most established and ubiquitous security monitoring tools in place at large enterprises, and perhaps one of the most underutilised.
“Only 44.4 per cent of enterprises have around-the-clock active monitoring in place.”
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A Vendor Window on the security aspects of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) indicates AirWatch by VMware and MobileIron led adoption, with AirWatch being cited as the most important EMM vendor by 28 per cent of surveyed enterprises.
AirWatch garnered high scores in brand/reputation and product usability amongst their current customers.