Company name: BlueCoat
Product Name: Proxy SG and BlueCoat Cloud Service
Why we are watching: The on-premises Proxy SG product is well-tested in large enterprise environments for scalability and performance and the list of protocols, authentication options, back-end databases and antivirus platforms it supports are long across the board. The service option is based on the ProxySG boxes.
Company name: Websense
Product Name: Security Gateway and Security Gateway Anywhere
Why we are watching: The company has a focus on data leak prevention as its main differentiator and it's got an acclaimed Triton management console that helps enterprises manage both appliances and the service (which has the same name as the appliance with the addition of "Anywhere") from the same pane of glass should they want to run with a hybrid security strategy.
Company name: Zscaler
Product Name: Zscaler Web Security
Why we are watching: Zscaler is a fast growing start-up that offers its product only as a service. Gartner has said this is the fastest growing company in this market segment driven by its very strong reporting capabilities, client redirection functions, granular security controls, and flexible, policy-based controls for social media applications.
This segment of cloud security homes in on locking down both the hypervisor that enables virtualization in the first place and seeks to thwart ill-intentioned communications between the virtual machines running on it.
Company name: Bromium
Product Name: vSentry
Why we are watching: Led by a team of security and virtualization experts who had worked at Citrix, Bromium developed an approach to desktop security that virtualizes end-user activities when they pose a threat of bringing in outside agents or malware. VSentry is built on a "microvisor," a security-focused hypervisor that automatically, instantly and invisibly hardware-isolates each vulnerable Windows task in a micro-VM that cannot modify Windows or gain access to enterprise data or network infrastructure.
Company name: Catbird
Product Name: vSecurity
Why we are watching: The recently released vSecurity 5.0 product provides access control, intrusion detection, secure auditing, automated protection, visibility, and efficiency for all virtualized machine because it taps into the hypervisor. It can enforce FISMA, NIST, HIPAA standards so that users can virtualize more assets, more quickly.
The problems of keeping up with the gobs of data generated by security focused equipment under your control only gets compounded when you bring a public cloud service into the enterprise mix. The leaders in this space - as determined by the 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant -- are all the big traditional network and security management guys (HP, IBM and McAfee) who all purchased niche players (ArcSight, Q1Labs and NitroSecurity, respectively).
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