More Vendors Come to

By Matt Hines  |  Posted 2006-06-07 Print this article Print

the Table"> "The single agent concept is ultimately the only way to go, as companies need something that expands their traditional anti-virus or anti-spyware investments into true host intrusion protection," said Patrick Hinojosa, chief technology officer at Panda.

"From an administrative standpoint, this addresses the complexity of pulling together disparate security technologies, and it provides the combination of behavioral analysis and advanced heuristics that can only take place in the desktop environment."

Hinojosa pointed out that other vendors are also starting to adopt the single agent model as a result of customers growing affinity for the product design, including its traditional rivals and newer security players such as networking giant Cisco Systems, which markets its own Security Agent package.

Other companies paid to help enterprises select among the many technology approaches on the security landscape are also coming around to single agent. Darwin Herdman, senior vice president of managed services at consultant company Getronics, which has its headquarters in Amsterdam, said his firm would be encouraged to see more customers and vendors buying into the single agent approach.

"The desktop needs to be better protected than it is today and customers do not want to run five or six different agents that sap performance and cause management headaches," said Herdman. Herdman added that its still a big challenge for vendors to convince customers to invest in something new like this.

"From a business standpoint the security vendors are looking at Microsoft Client Protection and they see the writing on the wall to a certain extent. This is something they have to do now to compete tomorrow," he said.

The push for more single agent tools may also spur increased industry consolidation as larger security applications companies look to add new ideas from smaller startups and other companies working on the technology, according to industry analysts. Is security consolidation coming? Click here to read more. Another trend that could benefit from the emergence of the single agent products is the movement by security companies to introduce managed services that promise to defend the many threats aimed at desktops, such as Microsofts consumer-oriented OneCare.

"Were seeing a lot of experimentation among the incumbent vendors and surely some of smaller vendors will move into single agent anti-malware technologies, so theres little doubt that this is the next big thing," said Andy Jaquith, analyst with Boston-based Yankee Group. "Theres also a natural affinity between managed services and these sorts of consolidated products that will result from all this; single agent technologies could push more customers to say why not when it comes to security services."

Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.


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