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10 essential enterprise security tools (and 11 nice-to-haves)

Do you have the right tools to handle a changing threat landscape, tougher regulatory climate, and increasing IT infrastructure complexity? Here are the must-have security tools for meeting today's challenges.

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If organizations are struggling to keep up with security challenges, it certainly isn't because of a lack of available tools. Over the past two decades or so, security vendors have brought to market a bewildering array of products designed to address the challenges enterprises face from constantly evolving threat and infrastructure landscapes.

These tools perform a broad range of functions from endpoint and network protection to cloud security to identity and access control. Some are absolutely fundamental to enterprise security. Others are less so but provide important point solutions for certain organizations or infrastructures.

The following is a listing of product categories separated into two groups. The first includes the types of tools that are essential to enterprise security. The second are product types that are great to have, but in most organizations are not must-have.

Note: The products listed under each category are representative of tools in that particular class. Their inclusion in this list does not indicate the products are market leaders or are the most popular products in that particular category.

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