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SANS Security Announces Winners of The Best of 2015 Awards

checkyourprivilegeIt’s no secret, we’re living in the age of the data breach. As of March 29th, 2016, there have been over 202 data breach  incidents in 2016, with a total of 6,184,526 records compromised according to a report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). That puts  the US on track to eclipse 2014’s record high 783 data breaches.

The average cost of those breaches? $3.79 million, according to research from the Ponemon institute. And, beyond the immediate financial cost, data breaches can cause an unquantifiable loss in customer confidence.

And yet, many companies avoid or minimize security breaches – in 2015, according to the ITRC, over 90% of the Fortune 10000 did not suffer a reportable security breach. So what did those security teams do differently?

That’s the question that the SANS Institute aims to answer with their yearly “Best of” Security awards.

Established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization, The SANS Institute is the largest source of information security training and certification in the world. Its programs now reach more than 165,000 security professionals around the world.

Every year, the SANS Institute surveys those 165,000 security practitioners, most of whom use commercial products, and publishes what the community likes best.

Created to “raise awareness of the solutions that organizations are using to successfully fend off attacks,” The SANS Best of Program showcases the solutions that SANS says are “making a difference by reducing the business impact of cyber attacks in real world applications we believe we can help security professionals to reduce the number of successful intrusions.”

Check out the full list of winners below or at the SANS site here. 

Vulnerabilty Assessment

Winner: Tenable Nessus

Honorable Mentions: Rapid7, NMAP/Qualys

End Point Protection

Winner: Symantec Endpoint Protection

Honorable Mentions: Intel McAfee, CarbonBlack (Bit9)

Threat Intelligence:

Winner: FireEye Threat Intelligence

Honorable Mentions: Fortinet, (tie) iDefence (Verisign)/RSA

Next Gen Firewall

Winner: Fortinet Fortigate

Honorable Mentions: Palo Alto Networks, Cisco

Application Security

Winner: Qualys WAS

Honorable Mentions: Fortigate Fortiweb, IBM Appscan

Forensic Software: 

Winner: Guidance Software Encase Forensics

Honorable Mention: Access Data

Advanced Threat Detection

Winner: FireEye Intrusion Kit

Honorable Mentions: Snort, Cisco/Sourcefire


Winner: IBM Security QRadar

Honorable Mentions: Splunk, HP ArcSight

Those of you looking for a more in-depth breakdown of the SIEM market may also be interested in the following resources:

Compare the capabilities of the top SIEM vendors with Gartner’s 2015-2016 SIEM Critical Capabilities Report. Get your copy here.

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