The 10 most powerful cybersecurity companies

What makes these 10 security vendors the biggest power players? We break it down.

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COVID-19 has changed the face of security forever. The perimeter defense model, which had been slowly crumbling, has now been shattered. Employees are working from home, many of them permanently. Applications are shifting to the cloud at an accelerating pace. Enterprise security today is all about secure remote access and protecting cloud-based assets. That means enterprises need to deploy SD-WAN, secure access service edge (SASE) and zero trust network access (ZTNA).

Anyone who ever attended an RSA conference understands that cybersecurity vendors introduce hundreds of amazing, innovative products every year. But C-level execs aren’t looking for the flashiest new point products. Faced with a severe shortage of security professionals and up against rapidly evolving threats, CISOs are looking for strategic partners, advisory services, and vendors that offer broad platforms. They are also gravitating toward managed security services and cloud-based solutions.

With that in mind, here’s our list of 10 security companies (presented in alphabetical order) that have made bold moves in the past year and have taken power positions within the cybersecurity community.

Cisco

Why they’re here: Through a series of strategic acquisitions (CloudLock, Viptela, Duo, and Thousand Eyes among the most notable) and its unparalleled ability to integrate new products into its core security and networking platforms, Cisco has staked out a leadership position in emerging security areas such as SD-WAN, zero trust and SASE. Gartner ranks Cisco as a visionary in its endpoint protection rankings, noting Cisco’s SecureX cloud-based service integrates security analytics, threat hunting and threat intelligence in a single view to investigate and respond to threats.

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