By Tom Young
11 Apr 2008
In a surprise move database vendor Oracle has announced it is to offer a
hosted web security service.
Oracle follows security companies such as Symantec, Scansafe and Mcafee
into the "security as a service" space.
The new approach to security reflects a move away from the "bolt- on"
method many companies have, said Thomas Kurian, senior vice president of
Oracle Server Technologies.
"For too long companies have struggled with implementing, managing and
maintaining separate security models for each individual application in
their IT environment," he said.
"Service-Oriented Security aims to abstract these fragmented and
hard-coded policies by providing a standards-based, architectural model
to centralize the management of these silos."
Oracle - whose service will launch later this year - says companies will
be able to decouple security features from particular applications and
centralise security processes.
Gartner believes security as a service will see an annual growth rate of
more than 30 per cent through 2012, as companies move more broadly to
using web.hosted applications.
The global enterprise security market is worth more than 5.5bn annually,
and is growing over 10 per cent a year, according to Canalys research.
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