Friday, February 26, 2010

Using user communities to bolster security offerings

Social networking ideas are coming to security, with efficiencies that are likely to .

Secure Passage is introducing a program whereby members can share configuration rules and policies to allow tight alignment between firewalls, routers, and other network devices. This is a really good idea that allows its customers to quickly tighten the security and compliance of their networks while reducing the chances of creating gaping holes in their security profiles. Secure Passage may also find that customers are extending the product into applications and server settings, which could lead SP to a nice growth path.

Computerworld post ...

I thought the Alexa statistics on web site usage were pretty cool. I have always liked numbers and statistics. I did some exploring on US-China-India numbers on web site visitors for a Computerworld article and found the following (hopefully the formatting does not get screwed up):

Company USA India China
Check Point 22.3% 13.8% 4.8%
Cisco 32.2 12.5 4.7
EMC 39.8 13.2 9.8
IBM 18.4 12.5 19.3
Microsoft 20.6 7.5 7.0
NetApp 40.6 18.8 4.9
Symantec 25.3 13.3 3.2
Websense 30.3 7.8 23.9

Lockheed-Martin 49.5 7.0 11.3
Pfizer 47.6 12.9 5.7 65.7 3.4 3.9

There could be lots of business reasons for some of these numbers such as sales model, or amount of off-shore manufacturing partners, etc. However, the number of visitors from China and India is frequently significantly greater than the number from large industrialized countries including England, Germany and Japan.

If you are in security, you better know your business.