Vulnerability management remains an essential security technology for companies to harden the security posture of their network. The global vulnerability management market will witness steady expansion as companies look to handle the evolving threat landscape through early detection of network and application vulnerabilities followed by prioritized, targeted remediation. Frost & Sullivan's global research finds that while there are no major vulnerability management vendors headquartered in Asia-Pacific, it's the market growing most rapidly. Meanwhile, North America remains the largest market globally for vulnerability management solutions.
New research from Frost & Sullivan, the Analysis of the Global Vulnerability Management Market, finds the market earned revenue of $528.6 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $973.9 million in 2018. The research provides an executive summary, market overview, external challenges: drivers and restraints, forecasts and trends, market share and competitive analysis, markets by product segments, markets by regions, and a last word of analyst predictions. The analysis finds McAfee continues to lose market share to hard-charging companies, while Qualys remains the market share leader. However, investments and acquisitions by Tenable, Rapid7, Tripwire and BeyondTrust threaten long-term positioning.
"The growth in vulnerability management reflects the constant drumbeat of internal and external changes companies face in protecting their networked assets," said Frost & Sullivan Network Security Industry Analyst Christopher Kissel. "Global demand will continue to increase as the nature of cyber attacks change, harvesting smaller businesses and becoming more personalized to penetrate even the most security-conscious organization."
Successful vulnerability management solution providers must continuously innovate to enable real-time scans and enlarge their vulnerability assessment footprint. This is especially crucial as budget constraints lead companies to purchase security technologies that are adaptive, comprehensive, and offer prevention rather than remediation. Moreover, in a competitive market consisting of several highly capable vendors, differentiation is vital.
Simply put, the bar is raised in vulnerability management. In the bring-your-own device (BYOD) world, where every new device that connects to a network can be an unwitting threat-agent, not only must vulnerability management platforms recognize threats but they must also continuously fingerprint the devices that are active on the network. In addition, the larger security posture must address web applications and secure software.
"The essence of vulnerability management can be spun in many ways," elaborated Kissel. "The ability to fingerprint devices can be leveraged to include security information and event management (SIEM) reporting for a more robust platform, while compliance reporting can be formatted to address the needs of different teams, including the IT department and independent auditors."
Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is another feature rapidly becoming popular owing to its lower upfront costs and resource requirements. SaaS is a game changer for vulnerability management vendors, as it is easier to push software upgrades (for patch management, new scan techniques, etc.) centrally to public or private clouds than it is to push upgrades to individual customers.
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