Servers are the bricks and mortar of IT environments at any major organization around the world today. They do everything from process email, to serve up web pages, manage databases, and run applications. So it makes sense that server security forms one of the key pillars of any CISO’s wider information security strategy. And with the modernization of the data center and widespread use of the cloud, it makes it more important than ever to choose the right security vendor. It’s an increasingly crowded marketplace, worth over $800 million globally in 2014, according to analyst firm IDC.* But it’s one that Trend Micro has led for the past six years, thanks to a combination of continual technology innovation and a single-minded focus on customer needs.
That’s why we’re excited that IDC has once again named Trend Micro the global leader in corporate server security, with a global market share that has increased to 30.3% for 2014.
Towards a $1 billion market
At its heart, server security is designed to prevent servers from being compromised and data stolen. It does this in two key ways: 1) by preventing network-based attacks that focus on exploiting operating system & application-level vulnerabilities; and 2) by stopping malware that ends up on a server by some means. While in the past the concept of server security was simple, it now encompasses a wide range of host-based security controls that are needed in the modern data center and cloud, including firewall, intrusion detection & protection (IDS/IPS), file integrity monitoring, log inspection, and of course, anti-malware.
While historically server protection strategies have had a great reliance on perimeter network security, new attack types combined with virtualization and cloud technologies have made host-based server security a critical component of a comprehensive security strategy. That’s why IDC is predicting the server security market will near $1 billion by 2019.
So what’s different? For starters, threats are more sophisticated than they once were. Targeted attacks are designed to fly under the radar of traditional signature-based defences, and zero day exploits are not uncommon. The best server security will be able to help deal with these evolving threats.
Server security also needs to be able to lock down servers and shield them from new risks that are present because of the nature of cloud and virtual environments. For example, server security needs the ability to protect against attacks initiated via “east-west” traffic. It also must ensure there are no “instant-on” gaps which threat actors can take advantage of. Importantly, an effective security solution needs to be able to do so without degrading performance, while working seamlessly across physical, virtual, cloud and hybrid environments.
Securing your journey to the cloud
Trend Micro has been the leader in corporate server security since IDC began tracking the market. And we’ve extended that lead, from a 23% market share in 2009 to over 30% today. Why? Because with the Trend Micro Deep Security platform we’ve focused on innovating along with market leaders like VMware, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure to meet the security needs of our customers as they transition to virtual and cloud environments.
Deep Security protects virtual desktops and servers, cloud workloads, and hybrid deployments against zero-day attacks and other threats while minimizing the operational impact of security and emergency patching. Learn more about Deep Security and why more businesses than ever are choosing Trend Micro.
To find out more about IDC’s latest report, and why we’re number one for the sixth year in a row for corporate server security worldwide, read the IDC Technology Spotlight.
*IDC, Worldwide Endpoint Security Market Shares, 2014: Success of Midsize Vendors, doc # US40546915, December 2015.