Security industry "out of gas"? Not.

Security industry "out of gas"? Not.

Summary: Microsoft. Far from introducing the solution Microsoft is the cause of wide spread vulnerabilities.

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I cannot resist taking umbrage to the following found in a neighboring blog today:

When I last asked long time Zone Labs executive Fred Felman for his assessment (Felman has exited the security business for now and is pursuing other opportunities), the only thing he would say on the record is that he thinks the security business "is beat" right now (as in "out of gas"). - David Berlind

With all due respect to Mr. Felman, I think he is way off base. Perhaps because he is out of it he is blind to what is happening. Just in the last two weeks I have come across several dozen companies in the security space that demonstrate that there is no gas shortage in cyber security. Companies that are beating their first year’s revenue every month. Companies that are still in stealth mode but getting ready to launch. Companies that are only rumors, the people in the know sworn to secrecy via NDAs.

There are three things that ensure a growing (accelerating) security space. 1.) Microsoft. Far from introducing the solution Microsoft is the cause of wide spread vulnerabilities. 2.) Advances in web applications. If you have not tuned into what is going on in this space dig into it now. It is all about exposed APIs to web applications and the mash-ups that are putting them all together (see Richard MacManus' blog on web 2.0).  Of course these are rolling out without any thought to security. 3.) And finally the threats are growing and more real than ever before. Ever.

Watch this space for more on each of these three drivers.

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  • That quote would suggest to me...

    ....that the guy is actually talking about *himself* being out of gas, as opposed to the security industry. I mean, he can speak for himself but I see no slowdown in the bad-guy buttkicking action at present ;)
    paperghost
  • WHY is anything rolling out

    these days with no thought for security? What possible excuse can there be for it?
    ebrke
    • No excuse

      Yet I can completely understand it. First you roll an application out to your customers. You know *they* are not going to hack you. Then you acquire partners and they're customers get access. Pretty soon you cannot trust your user base but all along you kept the same assumptions about risk.
      RStiennon
  • Large companies.

    There are always small companies. Some do well enough to be bought by larger firms. But if you're expecting to create a firm as large as, say, Symantec, do you think computer security is the best field?
    Anton Philidor
    • There are two opportunities

      to create large security companies. Well three if you consider services. First the desktop. While Symantec dominates desktop security their products are not the best. A well funded best of breed security software company could go for that space.

      The other opportunity is in network security, the firewall space. Netscreen did this and I believe there is opportunity to do it again.
      RStiennon
      • Consider the competition.

        I agree with you that Symantec does not have the best possible security products. I encourage people to avoid them.

        McAfee is in a race to the bottom with Symantec. But Trend is good.

        Microsoft is getting into the business. The company's product will probably be considered acceptable, in a middling sort of way.

        That's only part of the competition.

        You wrote:
        While Symantec dominates desktop security their products are not the best. A well funded best of breed security software company could go for that space.
        EoQ

        Would it be the best use of a company's available resources to compete in the personal or enterprise space against Microsoft, Symantec, McAfee, Trend, et al?

        Not many large companies could justify the effort, and they probably have better things to do.

        Like buying open source companies...
        Anton Philidor
  • He is right

    He is right - He should try security audit and compliance area...
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    Linuxtroll
    linuxtroll
  • Security????????????

    (As always I'm dollar short becuz of work sched)
    Very interesting article.....If anyone is interested of what I think of Dr. Norton and his products..I have a complete set of them for sale cheap...
    puppadave