Intellectual Property/Data Leakage/Content Monitoring & Protection – Another Feature, NOT a Market.
Besides having the single largest collection of vendors that begin with the letter ‘V" in one segment of the security space (Vontu, Vericept, Verdasys, Vormetric…what the hell!?) it’s interesting to see how quickly content monitoring and protection functionality is approaching the inflection point of market versus feature definition.
The "evolution" of the security market marches on.
Known by many names, what I describe as content monitoring and protection (CMP) is also known as extrusion prevention, data leakage or intellectual property management toolsets. I think for most, the anchor concept of digital rights management (DRM) within the Enterprise becomes glue that makes CMP attractive and compelling; knowing what and where your data is and how its distribution needs to be controlled is critical.
The difficulty with this technology is the just like any other feature, it needs a delivery mechanism. Usually this means yet another appliance; one that’s positioned either as close to the data as possible or right back at the perimeter in order to profile and control data based upon policy before it leaves the "inside" and goes "outside."
I made the point previously that I see this capability becoming a feature in a greater amalgam of functionality; I see it becoming table stakes included in application delivery controllers, FW/IDP systems and the inevitable smoosh of WAF/XML/Database security gateways (which I think will also further combine with ADC’s.)
I see CMP becoming part of UTM suites. Soon.
That being said, the deeper we go to inspect content in order to make decisions in context, the more demanding the requirements for the applications and "appliances" that perform this functionality become. Making line speed decisions on content, in context, is going to be difficult to solve.
CMP vendors are making a push seeing this writing on the wall, but it’s sort of like IPS or FW or URL Filtering…it’s going to smoosh.
Websense acquired PortAuthority. McAfee acquired Onigma. Cisco will buy…?