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Weapons Added to Total Defense in the Cloud Arsenal

By Doug Barney

MSPs looking for cloud security to offer customers have a new choice in the latest release from Total Defense. Dubbed Total Defense for Business, the new rev boasts boosted analytics to drive deeper real-time visibility. Total Defense, now over two decades old, sells security services to detect malware and stop crimeware, a category of hacks where breaking the law is the name of the game. The company said it built what it calls ‘the industry’s first complete cloud security platform, providing fully integrated endpoint, web and email security through a single Web-based management console with a single set of enforceable security policies.”

 Total Defense started out as Cheyenne Software, which was bought by CA Technologies (then known as Computer Associates) in 1996. Two years ago CA spun off the business which became Total Defense, a pretty cool and compelling name in this era when most vendor names don’t even make sense and are often not even based on words.

 Making Sense of Total Defense

 The Total Defense for Business service reminds this writer of GFI MAX’s line in that it offers protection for e-mail, the Web and endpoints – and both are aimed directly at MSPs. Meanwhile, Total Defense is touting its big data approach. “Our ‘big security data’ infrastructure enables the scalable analytics, threat correlation and reporting that are required to defeat today’s sophisticated attacks,” said Paul Lipman, CEO at Total Defense. “We’re providing customers the only solution on the market that covers the three primary vectors through which malware can enter an organization: email, Web and the endpoint. This provides significant benefits to our customers in terms of multi-vector and multi-layer protection, integrated security policies, reduced security complexity and superior total cost of ownership.”

 Cloud Security Market Hot to Trot

 IT shops seeking the value of the cloud are shelling out big bucks to make sure their applications and data are all safe, and this is driving the cloud security market to new heights. Gartner is one of many research houses tracking this area and it says security in the cloud will almost double to from this year’s $2.13 billion to hit $4.13 billion in 2017. And who exactly is driving this growth? SMBs, Gartner argues.

 There are a bevy of tools that fit under this umbrella, including vulnerability assessment, identity and access management (IAM), secure Web and e-mail gateways and event management. Infonetics (News - Alert) Research focuses on the overall managed security market, which will exceed $9 billion by 2017, according to the ‘Cloud and CPE Managed Security Services’ report. The definition of security has changed with the advent of the cloud and managed services. Here Infonetics looks at both cloud and customer premises equipment (CPE) focused security services, and as such is larger than the market Gartner analyzed. This market is poised to grow over the next five years a rather stunning 45%. Driving this growth, among other factors, are BYOD, an increasing disperse workforce and the fact that security threats aren’t just growing, but becoming more complex and varied.

 Infonetics numbers, though, are kind of a best case scenario as there are several areas of caution – just as Gartner expressed in its report. Frost & Sullivan this February released a similar report, Analysis of the Global Managed Security Market, with very different results. This research house puts the entire market at some $66.5 billion last year, rising by 2021 to $139 billion. These numbers, however, include physical security. Frost & Sullivan’s analysis of the market is in line, however, with Infonetics. "In current times, many organizations remain highly cost-conscious, motivating them to outsource their security requirements and reduce operating costs," said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace, Defense & Security Research Analyst Anthony Leather. "Even while security remains a priority for organizations, chief decision makers are looking to the industry to provide them with the most advanced security solutions at the most competitive prices."




Edited by Cassandra Tucker

MSPToday Editor at Large

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