Mobile security world set for consolidation

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Mobile security world set for consolidation

Simon Quicke
The next part of the security world set for consolidation seems to be around the large numbers of smaller players targeting the mobile device and application market.

Industry watchers are anticipating a wave of consolidation, similar to when large firms swallowed up anti-spam and then data loss prevention players (DLP), to begin in earnest next year.

Speaking at a round table event hosted by Check point a prediction of changes in the market was made by Bob Tarzey, director and principal analyst at Quocirca.

"I see a big trend of consolidation in the security industry. We saw it with spam and DLP and there are still lots of little independents in mobile devices and apps security," he said.

"We will start to see big vendors buy up these smaller companies," he added.

Dave Ellis, director of new technology and services at ComputerLinks, said that customers, some of which were running 30 to 40 different security applications, had already started making moves to consolidate the number of vendors they worked with.

He added that mobile devices and applications was one of the major areas of concern for customers and resellers targeting that area needed to offer a broad long-term solution approach to the problem.

"The customer needs to think more holistically and a sticking plaster approach to fix things is not sustainable," he said.

The view of a changing world was shared by Nick Lowe, who runs the Western European region at Check Point, who said traditional ways of fighting attacks were being seriously challenged in a mobile world and the focus had to shift in the way data was protected.

"The security industry will head towards protecting content and it will be about who has access to what, from where and when," he said.

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