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Infonetics Research: Cisco Leads Tight Race for Web Security SaaS Supremacy

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its new Worldwide Web Security SaaS Provider Scorecard, which analyzes and ranks the top web security-as-a-service (SaaS) providers.

ANALYST NOTE

“Thanks to its good security profile, great brand presence, and strong product offering, Cisco tops our worldwide scorecard for web security SaaS for the second year in a row,” announced Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research. “But competition in this space remains fierce, with zScaler, McAfee, and Symantec in a virtual dead heat for the number-two spot, and newcomers Blue Coat and Barracuda positioned to make waves. With very little standing between first and last place in our vendor matrix, we expect this jostling to continue for the foreseeable future.”

WEB SECURITY SAAS SCORECARD HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cisco earned a high overall score of 57 out of 60 in Infonetics’ annual web security SaaS provider scorecard
  • zScaler leapfrogged McAfee and Symantec this year to move into 2nd place, in large part due to a strong and growing subscriber base and improvements in the strength of its security profile
  • McAfee and Symantec remain neck-and-neck, tied for 3rd and just 1 point behind zScaler; both companies face the long-term challenge of transitioning from security client software to cloud-based services

SCORECARD SYNOPSIS

Providers ranked in Infonetics’ Worldwide Web Security SaaS Provider Scorecard include Barracuda, Blue Coat, Cisco, McAfee, Symantec, Websense, and zScaler. The leadership scorecard identifies providers’ strengths and weaknesses, and ranks the top web security SaaS providers based on criteria critical to determining market leadership, including security brand presence, security profile, financial stability, market strategy, and service capabilities.

Infonetics published its Messaging Security SaaS Provider Scorecard in April 2012 (for report excerpts, see http://bit.ly/MdLKg6).

To buy the scorecards, contact Infonetics sales: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

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UPCOMING SECURITY MARKET SHARE AND FORECAST REPORTS

See SECURITY at http://www.infonetics.com/login for report highlights, tables of contents, etc., or download Infonetics’ 2012 Research Publication Calendar: http://bit.ly/zwjcRs.

UPCOMING SECURITY SURVEYS AND SCORECARDS

TO BUY REPORTS, CONTACT SALES:

N. America (West), Asia, Latin America: Larry Howard, larry@infonetics.com, +1-408-583-3335

N. America (East), Texas, Midwest: Scott Coyne, scott@infonetics.com, +1-408-583-3395

Europe, Middle East, Africa: George Stojsavljevic, george@infonetics.com, +44-755-488-1623

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp

Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively.

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