Key Takeaways from the Forrester Wave for Security Analytics Platforms, Q3 2018

Key Takeaways from the Forrester Wave for Security Analytics Platforms, Q3 2018

Disclaimer: The opinions described in this article belong to the researchers and editors of The Forrester Wave: Security Analytics Platforms, Q3 2018. Solutions Review does not expressly condone any individual solution or solution provider.  

Cambridge, MA-based analyst house Forrester Research has recently released the latest iteration of its flagship Wave Report for Security Analytics solutions. The report is entitled “The Forrester Wave: Security Analytics Platforms, Q3 2018.”

In their 30-criteria evaluation of Security Analytics solution providers, researchers Joseph Blankenship, Stephanie Balaouras, Madeline Cyr, and Peggy Dostie identify what they consider the 13 most significant vendors in the field.

The 13 solution providers listed in The Forrester Wave: Security Analytics Platforms, Q3 2018 are AlienVault, Exabeam, Fortinet, Gurucul, Huntsman Security, IBM, LogRhythm, McAfee, Micro Focus, Rapid7, RSA, Securonix, and Splunk.

The Wave Report details their findings and examines how each vendor meets (or falls short of) Forrester’s evaluation criteria and where vendors stand in relation to each other. The Wave Report also outlines the current state of the market and separates the top providers into Leaders, Strong Performers, Contenders, and Challengers.

The editors of Solutions Review read the report. We pulled a few of the most important takeaways. They are:

Strong Leaders in Security Analytics

The Forrester Wave: Security Analytics Platforms, Q3 2018 report names four solution providers as Leaders: LogRhythm, IBM, Splunk, and RSA.

Meanwhile, Securonix, Exabeam, McAfee, Gurucul, Huntsman Security, and Micro Focus are all named Strong Performers. Only Fortinet and Rapid7 are labeled as Contenders and AlienVault as the sole Challenger.  

Forrester labels LogRhythm a feature-rich platform. IBM receives praise for its ambitions and automation. Splunk’s high customizability is lauded within the report. RSA provides noteworthy threat detection and visibility.    

Three Capabilities to Take Note of

According to The Forrester Wave: Security Analytics Platforms, Q3 2018, the market is differentiated by its need for customization, integration, and data security. These features are vital to replacing legacy security information management tools.  

Security Analytics Take Center Stage

A constant refrain here at Solutions Review is that threat detection rather than threat prevention is the centerpiece of a conscious enterprise’s cybersecurity platform. While it might seem a platitude, Forrester’s researchers appear to confirm this.

You can read the full The Forrester Wave: Security Analytics Platforms, Q3 2018 report here.   

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