Gartner’s Magic Quadrant 2019 for managed security services providers (MSSPs) has surfaced. Here’s a look at each MSSP featured in the report, along with our perspectives on each cybersecurity business.
We’ve sorted the list alphabetically rather than by quadrant. Also, we’ve indicated if and where each Gartner Magic Quadrant company was ranked in our own Top 100 MSSPs report from 2018 (our 2019 report will arrive in September 2019):
2. AT&T Cybersecurity: This is a particularly interesting time for AT&T in the managed security services market. The company unveiled an AT&T Cybersecurity business unit in early 2019 after acquiring AlienVault in 2018. Admittedly, some partners worried that AT&T would take the entire AlienVault business direct. But poke around the halls of AT&T, and you’ll hear some especially positive partner statements coming from the executive team. During multiple meetings, we’re heard, AT&T executives were actually pounding on the table in support of AlienVault’s partner ecosystem. True believers include Cygilant, a security-as-a-service (SECaaS) provider that joined the AT&T Cybersecurity Partner Program and embraced AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM). Top 100 MSSP Rank 2018: No 2.
11. Symantec Managed Security Services: The company remains plenty busy across its MSSP, cloud software and additional business focus areas. Over the past year, several Symantec sources have proactively reached out to MSSP Alert, to point out the company’s solid MSSP business practices. The result has softened our tone on Symantec. We’re trying to be more conscious of the company’s proven MSSP offerings — even as the overall company strives to navigate multiple market shifts. The big picture can’t be ignored: Multiple Symantec executives have exited in recent months — including former CEO Greg Clark. As the Silicon Valley Business Journal noted in May 2019: In the last six months, Symantec’s chief financial officer, chief operating officer, chief marketing officer and and the head of its go-to-market teams also have exited. Still, the MSSP team remains quietly focused on safeguarding customer networks. Top 100 MSSP Rank 2018: No. 25.
Gartner Magic Quadrant 2019: Four MSSPs Dropped From the List
Four MSSPs that appeared on the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant were dropped from the 2019 report. We don’t have specific details from Gartner for that decision. But here’s our look at those four companies and our perspectives.
2. DXC Technology: The company in late 2018 hired former BT Security CEO Mark Hughes to run its global security function, The Register reported. Earlier, the firm launched Applications Security on Demand — a consumption-based applications security testing service powered by Micro Focus. Still, DXC has been a bit quiet on the managed security front. Top 100 MSSP Rank 2018: No. 12.
3. HCL Technology: The India-based outsourcing firm hasn’t made much noise in managed security over the past year. The only move we tracked involved a new CyberSecurity Fusion Center (CSFC) in Frisco, Texas. The center provides customers with a single point of contact for the enterprise security lifecycle, from detection to remediation, the company says. Top 100 MSSP Rank 2018: No. 56.