Today, companies need security solutions that are more than standalone lines of defense, according to Forrester Research. Using its Wave methodology, Forrester examined the evolving client security suite market to see how vendors stacked up against each other. McAfee emerged as the current market leader.
“Antivirus and perimeter defenses alone no longer provide adequate defense against malicious code, particularly as the workforce becomes increasingly mobile,” said analyst Natalie Lambert. “We expect the market to shift quickly towards client security suites as leading vendors enhance functionality across key areas.”
The vendors Forrester evaluated all fit established criteria: revenue exceeding $500 million, a suite encompassing solutions that provide protection against known threats, and a central management feature for all product functionality.
Client security suites integrate the following components: antivirus, anti-spyware, personal firewall, and Host IPS (HIPS). The Wave consisted of a combination of hands-on lab evaluations, vendor surveys and product demos. Using 170 criteria, vendors were grouped according to current offering, strategy, and market presence.
Due to the evolving nature of the market, Forrester found that each of the vendors were in different stages of building out their suites. To address the differing strengths of the vendors, Forrester developed a Wave for each of the most important features today: security tools for today’s known threats, unified product architecture and manageability, and breadth of client security suite.
Overall, Forrester found that McAfee ranked as a leader in each category.
Details on the vendor ratings are included in the research, The Forrester Wave: Client Security Suites, Q2 2005.
The Forrester Wave methodology is open, rigorous, and unbiased. Forrester starts with an open criteria review process, verifies findings against customer interviews, and checks facts with vendors. The research is performed without sponsorship to help user companies make better vendor selections. Forrester does not charge vendors in any way to participate in a Forrester Wave.