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Yawn, Part Deux

February 21st, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

SnoreI was talking to Andy Jaquith (please buy his book, I’m tired of buying him drinks) tonight at BeanSec! and recalled an ad hoc conversation I had with Rothman the other day in regards to just how damned boring the security space has become in the last year.

I know it’s not just me (now) that senses an overall slow down in the amount of forward motion our industry is making.  This isn’t suggesting that there isn’t innovation and technology movement, it’s just that we seem to be solving the same set of problems from twenty years ago and perfuming a pig.

I walked through RSA this year and short of Veracode’s booth (OK, they offered me beer) it may as well have been a Shriner’s convention.

How many NAC vendors does it take to fill an RSA conference?  None, because according to Art (he’s on Crossbeam’s board, but I respectfully disagree) there aren’t going to be any independent security companies.  Yet I digress.

"Sadly," we haven’t really had an exciting worm or virus outbreak recently.  Patch Tuesdays are almost non-events and unless someone releases a zero-day remote exploit  for controlling the UHF output on a Commodore 64, I think I’m just going to die of boredom.  Snore.

Help me out here.  Redeem our industry and help me regain my will to live.  Pop some comments on your perspectives of what’s worth looking at from a security perspective — I mean cool, unique, innovative and problem-solving focused security solutions to really complex business problems.



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  1. DM
    February 22nd, 2007 at 05:47 | #1

    The last truly new enterprise security product I've seen is Redseal and Skybox and that was over 2 years ago. More recently is Debix but they wisely didn't waste money on a booth at RSA.

  2. February 22nd, 2007 at 07:01 | #2

    I was thinking about this yesterday, as well… as I spent the day going from vendor pitch to vendor pitch, I found myself yawning over and over.
    When's the next real revolution going to come around? I haven't seen a really interesting security tool in the last 2 years – we're so focused on checking the box that is compliance that we're not going anywhere near any innovation.
    Mostly because nobody wants to buy anything innovative at all – they want to spend as little as possible. Perhaps it's an incentive problem.

  3. February 22nd, 2007 at 13:19 | #3

    Chris – You missed the bloggers get together. That's where all the fun was! (And you missed ya too.)
    – Mitchell

  4. DM
    February 22nd, 2007 at 18:13 | #4

    dude, also, I'd buy Andrew's book if it would actually go to print….

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