Gartner® Predicts 2022: Consolidated Security Platforms Are the Future
Security technologies and mindsets have continuously oscillated between best-of-breed and platform solutions (even if the latter has too often been a marketing construct, more than an actual approach). This oscillation is driven by buying centers, vendor preferences and technical demands. It has left organizations and security and risk management (SRM) leaders with huge technical debt and often a fragmented, complicated infrastructure that doesn’t help an organization’s mission to enable its digital business. Such infrastructures are hard to manage, limit visibility to the true state of security, and have created gaps between silos or mismatched policies.
- Driven by the need to reduce complexity, leverage commonalities and minimize management overhead, security technology convergence is accelerating across multiple disciplines.
- Organizations are working or planning to work on vendor consolidation strategies; this is a long-term project for most of them, because it’s often a large architectural shift.
- Vendors are increasingly divided into “platform” and “portfolio” camps, with the former integrating tools to make a whole that’s greater than the sum of the parts, and the latter packaging products with little integration.