SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

September 15, 2009 13:56 ET

Infonetics Research: Cisco, McAfee, Juniper top intrusion prevention vendor ratings by enterprise IPS users

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - September 15, 2009) - Market research firm Infonetics Research released User Plans for Intrusion Prevention Systems: North America, a new survey of purchase decision-makers at large organizations using IPS.


"The top two drivers enterprises cite for deploying intrusion prevention systems are protecting data centers and limiting the impact of security problems. The re-architecture of data centers is top of mind for many large organizations, and security will be one of the very first considerations in a major data center overhaul, so it makes sense that this is a critical driver for large businesses to invest in IPS," notes Jeff Wilson, Infonetics Research's principal analyst for network security.


--  Study respondents report that nearly 60% of their IPS devices are
    deployed in-band already
--  One-third of respondents noted that the difficulty of keeping IPS
    products updated was a strong driver for not investing in new IPS
--  Respondents, all of whom have already deployed IPS, do not appear
    terribly concerned about false positive management, with only 15%
    citing it as a reason to deploy IPS out of band
--  43% of respondents say they are considering IPS-as-a-service offerings
    --  About a quarter say they would prefer to buy IPS-as-a-service from
        a security-focused service provider, and about a fifth say they
        would turn to a major carrier
--  Large organizations participating in Infonetics' survey rated 6 IPS
    vendors (Cisco, IBM ISS, Juniper, McAfee, Sourcefire, and TippingPoint)
    on 8 criteria: technology, product roadmap, security, management,
    value, pricing, financial stability, and service and support
    --  Cisco ranks highest overall on the resulting vendor scorecard,
        followed by McAfee and Juniper


Infonetics' User Plans for Intrusion Prevention Systems study was designed by Infonetics Research, product manufacturers, and service providers to determine the product requirements and implementation plans of organizations deploying IPS in the US and Canada now through 2011.

The study features a vendor scorecard with ratings of 6 IPS manufacturers, as well as open-ended brand awareness questions, and covers topics such as IPS deployment drivers and barriers, IPS-as-a-service, deployment plans, critical product features, and the IPS purchase process.

Infonetics' IPS study respondents:

--  Represent a wide cross-section of industries: education, government,
    healthcare, manufacturing, and finance/insurance/real estate
--  69% are their company's primary IPS purchase decision-maker or have a
    lot of influence
--  Are in IT/IS/MIS, network management, systems management and
    engineering, general management, and technical and engineering services


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-- Mobile security client software market to hit $1.6 billion in 2013

-- Most companies deploying NAC say the economy will not derail their 2009 spending plans

Infonetics Research is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

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