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Expectations from the world’s largest security-related conference


San Francisco, CA – February 9, 2017: On the eve of the RSA Conference in San Francisco (February 13–17, 2017), Ovum’s Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Large Enterprise Services, and Rik Turner, Senior Analyst, Security, have gathered their thoughts regarding what they expect to see at the global security event. RSAC is also a timely event in that Ovum recently released its “2017 Trends to Watch: Security" report (


Ovum expects to see an even greater focus on cloud security at RSA 2017 – not only the cloud-based security solutions we have seen in recent years, but also more solutions that improve security as enterprise customers continue to deploy cloud services. Along those lines, Ovum expects to see many variants of new SIEMs, SIEM-as-a-service, and related partnerships or extensions. Is the SIEM dead, going away, or just morphing? RSA may give some indication of its death or expansion into SIEM variants.


Although mentioned at last year’s RSAC, IoT security continues to rise in overall awareness and concern, particularly within industrial IoT applications, ecosystems, and providers. And once again, there will be an enormous explosion in the number of security reports released by MSSPs, MSPs, and most vendors within the industry, but one that we particularly look forward to is Verizon’s DBIR results. We also expect to see more vendors and providers focus on the use of data analytics, AI, behavior analytics, and machine learning in advanced security solutions to help automate threat detection and reduce the growing security staffing requirements. While most of this is not totally new, we expect to see step-function progress in the use of these techniques and technologies. The security staffing and skills shortage continues and grows wider, which makes one wonder how the established MSSPs and vendors keep their skilled staff.


Other areas of interest:


Endpoint security

With the efficacy of the signatures-based approach to protecting endpoints on the wane, we have seen a host of new companies and product categories emerging, such as endpoint detection and response (EDR), as well as firms that refer to themselves as “next-gen” endpoint protection (NGEP), so it will be good to hear how much traction they are getting and try to gauge whether they will end up getting acquired by bigger vendors or grow into heavyweights themselves.


Network security

Not only are enterprise networks getting more porous thanks to trends such as cloud and mobility, but they are increasingly being defined, at least in larger enterprises, in terms of software rather than hardware (the so-called SDN movement), which presents new security challenges if the SDN controllers are compromised. We will be looking to see whether the required security for such environments will come from the mainstream SDN providers or security specialists.



Identity management is in a state of flux, heading into the cloud for the smaller customers that could never afford the massive on-premise server software costs, as well as for greenfield projects within larger enterprise keen to kick the tires of identity-as-a-service (IDaaS). We will be speaking to vendors, both old and new, for their take on where identity is headed, asking them whether the old B2E and B2B IAM platforms are fit for purpose in an ever more B2C world.


Security needs to operate at the heart of all business systems, and Ovum believes that 2017 is the year that next-generation security providers need to step up to the plate. Our analysts cover the global security market, providing the related data, market analysis, and industry expertise that enable our customers to make smarter decisions regarding security. Ovum will also be publishing reports on the major global MSSPs. For example, Ovum's Security Software Market Forecast provides revenue opportunity estimates across key segments (endpoint and mobile device protection, identity and access management (IAM), information/data protection, security management, and network security) for the period 2015–20, spanning four regions, 21 countries, and 16 vertical industries. More information on Ovum’s Security can be found at


Ovum analysts Mike Sapien and Rik Turner will be at the RSA Conference (, and on February 23, they will be hosting a post-event webinar, providing a wrap-up of the RSA Conference and an outlook on security in 2017.




Contact: Adam Clarke in the Ovum PR office for more information on these trends, or speak to Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Large Enterprise Services, and Rik Turner, Senior Analyst, Security


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