Too Many Cybersecurity Vendors – Here’s How CIOs Are Managing It

April 30, 2018 | BY Armistead Whitney

I attended the RSA conference not long ago and had one big takeaway: there are too many cybersecurity vendors. Vendor saturation is one of the biggest challenges currently plaguing the cybersecurity market, according to a recent ZDNet article. Security System Engineer Ronny Guillaume of Cisco Systems stated that organizations are bombarded by too much noise to actually understand what it is they need to protect their business.

"Studies have shown that companies have up to 70 different security vendors installed in their company to solve problems," he said. "Now imagine if you had to go and look at 70 different security products and understand what's going on within your specific environment -- it's almost impossible."

The former Chairman of RSA, Art Coviello, agrees and added in this article “When CISOs seek security technology to solve a specific problem they are faced with 1,500 vendors and the problem is almost insurmountable.”

The explosive growth and subsequent confusion with thousands of vendors can partly be blamed on venture capital – 2017 alone saw VCs pump over $6.7 Billion into cybersecurity companies, double that of 2016. This means CIOs and CISOs are getting constantly bombarded by thousands of cybersecurity companies with confusing messages and misunderstood value propositions. The bottom line: there is not a shortage of technology to prevent threats, there is a lack of organizing people, process, technology and vendors in an easy way to manage a cohesive cybersecurity program. That’s where Apptega comes in.

Apptega brings together your people, process, technology and vendors all in one place giving you complete control of your cybersecurity program. Let’s say you’re following the PCI framework. PCI has almost 100 security elements, or 100 separate projects, you must document, staff, manage and solve all at once. Apptega helps you organize the entire program – who’s accountable, what’s the policy, when do things need to get done, how much are we spending, and are we on track with real-time scoring down to the sub-control level. Managing your vendor ecosystem is now easier with Apptega because you’re tracking their value to the most granular levels of a specific framework or policy. 

Let us show you how Apptega can help you turn your cybersecurity vendor chaos into complete bliss. 

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