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This report looks at the recent trend for large security vendors with broad product portfolios to introduce so-called platform technology.


  • We consider whether these platforms, many of which are at least partially free, are a way forward through the morass of disparate silos of security technology, and how they will work with, or potentially supplant SIEM products.

Features and Benefits

  • Describes the leading platform plays in the market and defines what platform means in this context.
  • Discusses the applicability of such technology for the MSP/MSSP segment.

Key questions answered

  • Why have platform plays evolved?
  • How fully developed are they?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Tool proliferation accentuates risk

  • New threat types engender silos of security tools
  • Silos promote gaps in visibility
  • Centralizing and analyzing data is critical in this scenario

Security management is in a state of flux

  • SIEM’s cornerstone role is under threat

Platforms are a security management play

  • Most platform players are cyber majors with broad portfolios
  • Platforms are a way of integrating alerts from multiple silos
  • Partner ecosystems are key to success
  • Actions and response will be key to the success of platforms
  • Most platforms promote stickiness rather than revenue

Enterprises are the target for platforms

  • Broader adoption will require MSSPs to offer a service
  • Will MSSPs adopt platforms or prefer a DIY approach?

Platform plays in alphabetical order

  • Cisco
  • McAfee
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • RSA
  • Symantec


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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