This is an entirely new category and it has become one of the most important areas of next-generation network and data protection. Over the course of the past year or so we have been watching this category. When a new approach to security appears on the horizon we always are interested, if a bit skeptical. Over the years there have been a lot of "promising" approaches to security that claim to be game changers. So it should come as no surprise that those of us in this business might become a bit jaded by the hype that tends to surround these pronouncements. Having said that, it certainly appears to us that this emerging category is the real deal.
Most consumers and potential consumers really don't understand exactly what this category really means.
One of the big problems we face in securing our systems – more than ever over the past couple of years – is understanding against what we are protecting them. Cyber-threat analysis and intelligence helps answer that question. Note that we say “helps." There is no silver bullet and this, at present anyway, is not one. But it does have promise. The real problem at the moment is that most consumers and potential consumers really don't understand exactly what this category really means. They see it in the framework of vendor hype and their expectations are very badly set. The vendors that we have selected this year don't subscribe to the over-blown expectations for cyber-threat intelligence.
Another important issue is that these vendors readily accept that there is no single size that fits all. True cyber-threat intelligence as we see it today is a fragmented field and to take full advantage of it we need to deploy multiple applications. This may not be the case going forward and we believe that it is likely that one or more of this year's Innovators in this new category will be a game-changer. Or, perhaps, it might be an Innovator that we have yet to see.
So with that in mind let's take a look at one of the most interesting categories that we are examining this year.