Gartner Predicts Dramatic Rise In Cloud-Based Security Services

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Security applications delivered as cloud-based services will have a dramatic impact on the industry, as many cloud-based services will more than triple in many security segments, according to Gartner, Inc.  In messaging security controls, such as malware and spam detection/exclusion for e-mail and instant messaging, cloud-based services account for 20% of revenue in 2008, and by 2013 cloud-based services in messaging security controls will account for 60% of revenue.  Cloud computing will enable security controls and functions to be delivered in new ways and by new types of service providers.  It will also enable enterprises to use security technologies and techniques that are not otherwise cost-effective.  Gartner defines cloud computing as a style of computing where massively scalable IT-related capabilities are provided “as a service” using Internet technologies to multiple external customers.  “The ability to provide massively scalable processing, storage and bandwidth inherent in cloud computing will require security controls and functions to be delivered to customers in new ways and by new service providers,” said Kelly Kavanagh, principal analyst at Gartner.  “It also will allow security technologies and techniques that are cost-effective to be used only with cloud-style computing.  The massively scalable resources provided through the cloud also will be available to people who develop attacks that require intense processing, pursue cloud providers, or both.”

Reference : http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=158994

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