Industry views: Look for more spending on convergence, insider threats

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The speed of change in IT security is intense and often seemingly chaotic. Security solutions today must constantly morph to reflect not only the shifting needs of customers, but also the advancing capabilities of security threats. The proliferation and progression of DoS attacks and phishing sites, to name a few, demand new means to detect and block criminals. Senior executives, meanwhile, want simplicity and better command and control over the many security solutions they implement. Despite this ever-changing landscape, there are, however, a number of general trends that, from our view as investors, are likely to organize and drive development of IT security products and services over the near and intermediate term.

One broad theme is that the internal threat to the organization has come to be seen as every bit as serious as threats from outside. IT security may be able to create the greatest perimeter in the world, but if it's compromised by an embittered ex-employee, a financially motivated identity thief ...

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