Who leads the regional Managed Security Services race?

"MSSPs differ on their key go-to-market capabilities across the region."

IBM and HP are among the most prominent players in the Asia Pacific Managed Security Services market, as revealed by a new IDC MarketScape report.

Using a scoring methodology that produces a definitive assessment of each vendor’s current market capabilities and strategies for competing in the future, IDC has placed five vendors in the Leaders category out of all managed security services providers (MSSP) in the Asia/Pacific region.

They are; NTT Communications (NTT-C), IBM, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Verizon, and HP.

IDC also placed another group of providers, including Symantec, BT, Wipro, Dimension Data, HCL, e-Cop, SingTel, Orange Business Services, and AT&T, in the Major Players category.

Meanwhile, Atos and Telstra were positioned in the Contenders category with IDC concluding that overall, all the identified providers offer a “comprehensive portfolio” for managed security services.

“Through in-depth interviews with MSSPs and more than 20 interviews with their customers, IDC learned that the MSSPs differ on their key go-to-market capabilities across the region,” says Cathy Huang, Research Manager, Services and Cloud Research Group, IDC Asia/Pacific and the lead analyst for this study.

“These capabilities include customer services, sales/distribution structure, pricing alignment, partnership and marketing.”

Huang says IDC has also observed the growing prominence of cyber security as a key topic in business conversations.

“We acknowledge that while CIOs demand security management that is effective, usable and affordable, its integration with their fast-changing IT infrastructure has become a more important requirement,” Huang adds.

“We believe the introduction of advanced managed security services, commonly known as MSS 2.0, is necessary.

“We envision that this new breed of services will use big data analytics and automation technologies to meet the requirements for proactive and dynamic security solutions that would help address CIO's evolving risk and security management challenges.”

Predicting that the security technologies and solutions optimised for the 3rd Platform will radically extend the 3rd Platform's capabilities and applications, IDC also identified next-generation security as one of the innovation accelerators in its 2015 ICT predictions.

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