Government Insights Examines Top IT Security Vendors in Government for 2008

FALLS CHURCH, VA & FRAMINGHAM, MA – March 20, 2008 – Leading independent research and advisory firm, Government Insights, an IDC company, today announced the release of a new study, A Government Perspective of the Worldwide Top 10 IT Security Vendors (Doc #GI211263), which analyzes vendors that comprise the world's 10 largest IT security vendors, as measured by revenue, and profiles the products, services, activities, and market share of these IT security software vendors in the government market. As the competition increases surrounding the IT security industry, this study is a key tool for examining the strengths and weaknesses of security-specific offerings and activities, with particular emphasis on the U.S. federal government. The solution providers analyzed in this study are: CA, Check Point, Cisco, EMC, IBM, Juniper Networks, McAfee, Microsoft, Symantec, and Trend Micro.

As the IT security industry continues to consolidate through mergers and acquisitions, Government Insights expects that the market shares of most of the vendors profiled in this report will continue to grow. This trend will be reinforced and accelerated by the ongoing drives for consolidation and optimization in IT infrastructures that are becoming increasingly important priorities for government agencies, especially in the United States. At the same time, more holistic approaches to implementing and securing an organization's IT infrastructure and operations will mean that approaches such as CA's Enterprise IT Management (EITM) or Cisco's Self-Defending Network should have greater appeal to government CIOs and IT managers.

"Government IT security budgets may be growing but the threats from hackers, malware, bots, phishing, and other attacks are growing even faster and more sophisticated. On the other hand, government IT security managers have an abundance of choices among security solutions and vendors to enable them to defend against those threats," said Mark Kagan, research manager at Government Insights, and author of the report. "This study provides a solid baseline to assist government IT buyers to make more informed decisions in the crucial area of security."

Government Insights is also tracking the government's adoption of IPv6 which provides added network-layer security and automatic configuration options for certain types of network connectivity. In a related study, The Top 20 IPv6 Influencers Working With the U.S. Government (Doc #GI210909), Government Insights cites the most influential players that the U.S. federal government is working with today as it ramps up its IPv6 transition efforts. Included are companies such as Check Point, Cisco, IBM and Juniper Networks, that are rising to the top in both security and the move to IPv6.

"IPv6 migration and implementation will be a long-term challenge for federal agencies," says Shawn P. McCarthy, research director, Government Vendor Programs at Government Insights. "Understanding who the major players are in the government IPv6 market, how they are influencing the Internet Protocol, and how agencies can leverage that expertise to improve their IPv6 networks can help smooth that transition."

To assist government security technology buyers the data also highlights the multiple ways in which these vendors sell their security products into the government market. The principal channels are through integrators, resellers, and distributors. However, buyers should pay careful attention to the companies with which these vendors partner on government contracts. More often than not, implementations and operation of security solutions are team efforts, especially when security products are typically sold through channels.

Government Insights will be hosting a complimentary Webcast on April 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm Eastern on this subject; "Baseline Your Provider's Capabilities – A Government Perspective of the Worldwide Top 10 IT Security Vendors". Registration is required in advance.

To set up a one-on-one briefing with Mark Kagan or Shawn P. McCarthy about the research outlined above, please contact Sarah Murray, 781-794-3214 or Government Insights will also available for briefings during the annual FOSEconference April 1-3, 2008, being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC.

In addition, both reports are available to qualified members of the media. For more information on obtaining or purchasing either report contact

About Government Insights, an IDC Company

Government Insights, an IDC company, provides government organizations and IT vendors who serve them with research-based advisory and consulting services that enable government executives to maximize the value of their technology investments; minimize technology risk through accurate planning; benchmark themselves against industry peers; adopt industry best practices for organizational/technology alignment; make more informed technology decisions; and drive technology-enabled performance and innovation. Government Insights provides a portfolio of research and advisory services that are relevant to the needs of both the government and IT vendor communities. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and events company.