Security "Point" Solutions Are Not a 4 Letter Word: Why Purpose-Built Solutions for Patch and Configuration Management Continue to Be a Good Thing

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Executive Summary

Off late there has been a substantial amount of consolidation in the IT security industry. There were over 20 significant security related acquisitions in 2007 alone. Google acquired both Postini and Green Border, IBM bought Watchfire, HP bought SPI Dynamic, Checkpoint acquired Pointsec, Symantec snapped up Vontu, and there were plenty of others. Large vendors with a healthy appetite for acquisition would have buyers of security software believe that this consolidation is a good thing; that bigger is better, that built-in is tops, and that individual best-of-breed point products are a nuisance to be avoided, a four letter word if one will. While consolidation can be a good thing, flying the same corporate brand doesn't always equate to integration or operational efficiency.

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