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What’s new in Gartner WAF Magic Quadrant 2017?

To tell the truth, I was not much interested in Web Application Firewall market since the time when I was doing competitive analysis in Positive Technologies. And a few days ago Gartner published a fresh WAF research with interesting Magic Quadrants. I decided to figure out what’s new there.

Here you can download full Gartner WAF MQ 2017 report for free. Thanks to Positive Technologies for such an opportunity!

First of all, let’s look at the illustrations. I took the Magic Quadrant from this year’s report:

Gartner Magic Quadrant WAF 2017

And for comparison from 2014 and 2015 reports:

Gartner Magic Quadrant WAF 2014 and 2015.

The first thing that caught my eye was Akamai in the leaders! And apparently this will be the main message.

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Gartner’s view on Vulnerability Management market

Not so long time ago Gartner’s report “Vulnerability Management an essential piece of the security puzzle” has become publicly available. Now you can read it for free by filling out a questionnaire on F-Secure website.

Gartner VM Market Guide

At the bottom of the document there is a reference to Gartner G00294756 from 05 December 2016. This document is quite fresh, especially for not very dynamic VM market ;-), and pretty expensive. Thanks for F-secure, we can read it now for free. If you are wondering why this anti-virus company is sponsoring Gartner VM reports: year ago they have bought Finnish VM vendor nScence, and I even did a small review of this product (F-Secure Radar Vulnerability Management solution, F-Secure Radar basic reporting, F-Secure Radar ticketing, F-Secure API for scanning).

Talking about the document, I would like, firstly, to thank Gartner. Do you know who writes most articles about VM? Of course, VM vendors. And we all understand that their main goal is to promote their own products. Reports of independent consulting firms, primarily IDC, Forrester and Gartner, allow us to get some balanced view from the side. It is very important.

Here I would like to comment some theses of the text.

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Westworld of insecurity

Westworld is a TV show about the problems of corporate Information Security. Really.

Look, Delos Corporation actively uses legacy code, which was written 30 years ago. No one has an idea of how it works and it can not be just thrown away. Bugs, critical vulnerabilities and even backdoors appeared in core of the hosts regularly. They couldn’t be fixed and patched. In most cases only some compensatory measures were applied. And they were not applied systematically.

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Tenable doesn’t want to be Tenable anymore

“Neither Rapid7”. It’s from the interview of HD Moore, founder of the Metasploit and ex-CRO of Rapid7, that he recently gave to Paul Asadoorian, ex-Product Strategist Tenable, in the latest episode of “Startup Security Weekly”. It’s a great show, strongly recommend it, as well as “Enterprise Security Weekly” and others. See all subscription options available here.

VM Vendors Market

The most interesting part for me is 00:05:00 till 00:10:00. Talking about the best areas for security startups, HD Moore recommended to take a close look on cloud-based WAFs, like Signal Sciences, Cloudflare. It’s relatively easy to find customers for such projects. However it’s very expansive to build it up and investments are required.

HD Moore doesn’t see lot’s of folks building new content-based security products, such as Tenable, Rapid7, Metasploit. It makes him sad and me either. Instead of regular updates of security content and signatures, new companies rely more on things like machine learning. It’s a good start, but it won’t solve all the problems.

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