Security as a service is catching on. Two of the main drivers, experts say, are the fragmentation and dispersion of the workforce.
The Radicati Group projects that security-as-a-service will exceed $2 billion in 2014, which is more than double what the story says it is now. One of the reasons that this is happening, Radicati says, is that a highly decentralized workforce is better able to be served from an equally decentralized cloud-based provisioning framework. Secondly, the somewhat related trend of letting employees use their own devices means that a cloud-based service is more likely to have and be able to deploy the optimum security platform for the wider range of devices.
President and principal analyst Sara Radicati puts it this way at Dark Reading:
"The explosion in the use of mobile devices and the growth of the whole disconnected mobile workforce" are forcing companies to consider the cloud, Radicati says. "That entire trend is much better dealt with by a cloud service because then everyone dials into the cloud, and they are protected."
CRN, in a story about new functionality on Vmware's vShield security products, added another reason: The software, the story says, finds unstructured data in virtual environments that must be accounted for due to regulatory compliance laws. While not directly correlating to mobile workers, the rationale for the cloud-based service clearly speaks to the highly dispersed nature of modern IT infrastructure.
The big story is software-as-a-service. Within that category, many types of services -- including security -- can thrive. Secure Cloud Review touches on the security element. The blog, which is sponsored by security vendor Alert Logic, suggests that the reasons that security-as-a-service is progressing are generally in line with the reasons that software-as-a-service is doing well. The writer adds that software-as-a-service often comes packaged with other services.
Network World, as is its standard operating procedure, went heavy on two or three paragraph vignettes of an emerging trend. This is how the security-as-a-service trend is described by writer Ellen Messmer:
Cloud-based security services, as they're known, are catching on as technology managers find them to provide more flexibility than they found when running their own network and security equipment.
Messmer pointed to vendors Symplified, Actiance and Virtella.
There is not a direct correlation between increased mobility and employee-provided devices on one hand and cloud-based security services on the other. The trends clearly are related, however, and will grow together -- and quickly.