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Market Trends: Are Cloud Providers Becoming Security Vendors?

Published: 31 May 2016

ID: G00298504

Analyst(s): Sid Deshpande , Craig Lawson , Jay Heiser


Customer demand for richer security capabilities for cloud environments has driven leading CSPs to offer better security features and enablers for their platforms. This research explores the changing dynamics between CSPs and their ecosystem of external security providers.

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Market Trend

  • For Leading CSPs, Outward-Facing Security Capabilities Are Becoming as Important as Internal Security Competence
    • How Secure Are the Rest of the CSPs?
  • Security Providers Offering Only Preventive Capabilities for Cloud Security Face Challenges
  • CSPs Are Competing With Their Security Ecosystem in Certain Areas
  • Native Security Capabilities Offered by Tier 1 CSPs Suffice for Smaller Organizations
  • Large Organizations With Existing Security Investments Want Security Features That Integrate
  • The Importance of CSP APIs for Enterprises and Especially for Security Use Cases
    • So What Do Security Providers Need to Do to Stay Relevant and Be Successful?

Contrarian View

  • If CSPs Collaborate Better Among Themselves, Market Opportunity for Security Providers May Reduce or Shift Direction

Vendors to Watch

  • CSPs
  • Security Providers

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