Security Software as a Service

Demand for software as a service (SaaS) has been steadily growing in recent years, ever since Salesforce.com seduced large organisations into taking it seriously.

Security SaaS has also become a widespread option for security services. IDS services such as Counterpane and email-scanning services from MessageLabs were first on the scene, followed by Qualys’s pioneering vulnerability scanning services. Over the past year we’ve also seen the emergence of further filtering services from Scansafe and Webroot, and application testing services from Veracode.

Security in the cloud was a common buzz phrase at Infosecurity last week. There’s a clear trend here and it’s a very useful one as it enables organisations to escape the restriction of having to operate exclusively through their corporate networks. Security SaaS is a major step on the road towards de-perimeterised business operations.

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