Magic Quadrant for Email Security

There have been a rash of press releases recently from companies listed in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Email Security Boundaries. The twenty vendors mentioned are categorized as either leaders, challengers, visionaries or niche players. Of course, out of twenty, there are bound to be at least a few forward-thinking companies there, but I think Google landed in the “Leaders” quadrant just by virtue of their incredible size more than actual leading technology. Of course, they acquired Postini, which was a good move on their part, but Google is still not a security company. They’re a company that purchased a security company, and that makes a big difference. While Postini’s technology may be quite adequate, it’s besides the point; in its capacity as a security vendor, Google is no specialist–they’re another major player who is now able to say, “oh yeah, we also have this.” In the area of security, there is still a lot to be said for having a company that does security as a primary focus, simply because it will always remain top priority in terms of R&D.

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