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Top Cybersecurity Companies of 2018

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With high-profile cyberattacks in the news so often, the market for cybersecurity products continues to climb.

According to IDC, worldwide spending on security-related hardware, software, and services is forecast to reach $91.4 billion in 2018, an increase of 10.2 percent over the amount spent in 2017.

With so much money at stake, thousands of vendors have flooded the market. Which are the industry leaders? To find out, eSecurity Planet conducted an analysis of the world's largest cybersecurity vendors and ranked the top 15.

Methodology

Cybersecurity vendors were assigned scores based on their annual revenue, range of products, appearance in eSecurity Planet's Top Security Vendor lists and Gartner Magic Quadrant reports, Gartner Peer Review ratings, and their rankings in the Cybersecurity 500. The top 15 vendors are listed below, with the next 10 in the honorable mention section.

1. Cisco

Headquarters: San Jose, California

Founded: 1984

Annual Revenue: $48.005 billion

Cybersecurity product categories: Next-generation firewalls, next-generation intrusion prevention, CASB, web gateway, NAC, advanced malware protection, email security, endpoint security, security management, VPN, security services

Appearances on eSecurity Planet's Top Vendors lists: 6

Although best known for its dominance in networking, Cisco also has a very impressive roster of cybersecurity products. Having acquired a number of smaller security vendors, it offers one of the most complete lineups of security products of any vendor. Those products include Firepower Series firewalls, Firepower NGIPS, Firepower Management Center, Meraki unified threat management, Cisco Umbrella, Cisco Advanced Malware protection, Cisco Cloudlock and many more. The company claims to be "both the leader in networking and the largest enterprise security vendor in the world."

2. Symantec

Headquarters: Mountain View, California

Founded: 1982

Annual Revenue: $4.019 billion

Cybersecurity product categories: Advanced threat protection, managed services, endpoint security, encryption, web gateway, email security, network security, cloud security, antivirus, identity theft protection, website security

Appearances on eSecurity Planet's Top Vendors lists: 4

Symantec offers a wide range of enterprise and small business security products, as well as consumer products that it sells under its Norton and LifeLock brand names. Its core enterprise product is its Integrated Cyber Defense platform, which incorporates its many other products and is used by more than 350,000 businesses. It claims that it has the "largest civilian threat intelligence network" and calls itself the "global leader in next-generation cybersecurity."

3. Palo Alto Networks

Headquarters: Santa Clara, California

Founded: 2005

Annual Revenue: $1.8 billion

Cybersecurity product categories: Next-generation firewall, UEBA, cloud security, endpoint protection, threat detection and prevention, application framework

Appearances on eSecurity Planet's Top Vendors lists: 3

Like several other of the companies on this list, Palo Alto likes to call itself "the global cybersecurity leader." Its flagship product is its Security Operating Platform, which integrates with its other products, as well as partner and customer apps, to protect companies' networks, endpoints and cloud deployments. It boasts 50,000 customers, including more than 85 of the Fortune 100.

4. Check Point

Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel, and San Carlos, California

Founded: 1993

Annual Revenue:$1.854 billion

Cybersecurity product categories: Advanced threat prevention, next generation firewall, UTM, encryption, secure gateway appliances, endpoint protection, remote access, cloud security, mobile security

Appearances on eSecurity Planet's Top Vendors lists: 4

Check Point offers products for both enterprises and consumers, and it is best known for its firewall and network security products. It claims to be "the largest network cyber security vendor globally, providing industry-leading solutions and protecting customers from cyber attacks with an unmatched catch rate of malware and other types of threats." It has more than 100,000 corporate customers and has earned a long list of awards, including being named a "Leader" in several Gartner Magic Quadrant reports.

5. Microsoft

Headquarters: Redmond, Washington

Founded: 1975

Annual Revenue: $110.360 billion

Cybersecurity product categories: Identity and access management, UEBA, threat protection, information protection, security management, cloud security, DDoS protection, application gateway

Appearances on eSecurity Planet's Top Vendors lists: 3

Security products might not be top of mind when you think about Microsoft, but it actually sells quite a few different enterprise security solutions. The most widely used is almost certainly Active Directory for identity and access management. Microsoft also offers several security services through its Azure cloud computing platform. Those include Security Center for security management, Key Vault for securing cryptographic keys, Azure DDoS Protection, Azure Information Protection and Application Gateway for protecting Web applications.

6. McAfee

Headquarters: Santa Clara, California

Founded: 1987

Annual Revenue: Privately held

Cybersecurity product categories: consumer antivirus and privacy protection, identity theft prevention, IDPS, web gateways, mobile security, enterprise cloud security, data protection, encryption, endpoint security, network security, security management, server security, security analytics, SIEM, web security, consulting

Appearances on eSecurity Planet's Top Vendors lists: 5

McAfee offers antivirus and identity protection for consumers, as well as a very wide range of cybersecurity products for the enterprise. According to the company website, it has more than 92,000 corporate customers including 80 percent of the Fortune 100 and 80 percent of the world's largest banks. In 2010, Intel bought the company, and in 2014, it changed the name to Intel Security. Last year, the company was spun back out of Intel and renamed McAfee.

7. BT

Headquarters: London, United Kingdom

Founded: 1969

Annual Revenue: £24.062 billion

Cybersecurity product categories: Managed firewall, GDPR compliance assessment, managed services, security intelligence

Appearances on eSecurity Planet's Top Vendors lists: 1

Formerly known as British Telecom, BT is the largest provider of voice, broadband and mobile services in the UK. Its primary cybersecurity offering is its managed security services, and it was named a "Leader" in managed security by IDC. It has 15 security operations centers around the world and blocks more than 125,000 cyberattacks every month.

8. Trend Micro

Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan

Founded: 1988

Annual Revenue: ¥148.8 billion

Cybersecurity product categories: hybrid cloud security, intrusion prevention, advanced threat protection, encryption, endpoint security, email security, Web security, SaaS security, IoT security, threat intelligence

Appearances on eSecurity Planet's Top Vendors lists: 2

Trend Micro's security solutions protect more than half a million organizations and more than 250 million endpoints around the world. It has been named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection for 14 years in a row and has earned several other industry accolades. The company claims that its Smart Protection Network is "the most advanced threat intelligence network in the world," and its Zero Day Initiative helps the entire software industry identify potential security vulnerabilities.

9. Sophos

Headquarters: Abingdon, United Kingdom

Founded: 1985

Annual Revenue: $768.6 million

Cybersecurity product categories: Firewalls, unified threat management, security Web gateway, secure email gateway, security management, anti-phishing, endpoint protection, mobile security, encryption, server security, consumer antivirus and Web filtering.

Appearances on eSecurity Planet's Top Vendors lists: 3

Sophos' strongest product may be its Intercept X endpoint protection solution, which was recently ranked number one by SE Labs. The company also offers the Sophos Central security management platform, which integrates with its other solutions, including the popular XG Firewall. It claims that its products protect 100 million people and 100,000 businesses, including Pixar, Under Armour, Northrop Grumman, Xerox, Ford, Avis, and Toshiba.

10. Proofpoint

Headquarters: Sunnyvale, California

Founded: 2002

Annual Revenue:$515 million

Cybersecurity product categories: Advanced threat protection, email protection, encryption, data loss prevention, cloud app security, threat intelligence

The self-proclaimed "leader in advanced cybersecurity solutions," Proofpoint claims to block risks in 600 million emails, 7 million mobile apps and hundreds of thousands of social media accounts every day. Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 100, and it boasts a 95 percent customer satisfaction rate and a 90 percent renewal rate.

11. KnowBe4

Headquarters: Clearwater, Florida

Founded: 2010

Annual Revenue: Privately held

Cybersecurity product categories: Cybersecurity awareness training

Many security experts will tell you that the greatest technology in the world won't be able to protect an organization if its users are poorly trained, and that's where KnowBe4 comes in. It offers security training, including the popular "Kevin Mitnick Security Awareness Training," to help employees spot and deflect potential attacks. It has racked up an impressive array of awards, including being named a "Leader" by Gartner. And it also claims to be the fastest-growing vendor in the market.

12. IBM

Headquarters: Armonk, New York

Founded: 1911

Annual Revenue: $79.139 billion

Cybersecurity product categories: Security analytics, services, patch management, encryption, SIEM, security orchestration, mobile security, fraud protection, network security, data protection, threat intelligence, application security, endpoint protection, identity and access management, mainframe security

Appearances on eSecurity Planet's Top Vendors lists: 7

IBM offers a very complete line of enterprise cybersecurity solutions, including its well-known QRadar SIEM and the Resilient orchestration and incident response platform. The IBM Cloud also offers security services such as Network Security and Hyper Protect Services. IBM, of course, is one of the oldest and largest technology companies in the world with a huge range of available products and services.

13. Forcepoint

Headquarters: Austin, Texas

Founded: 1994

Annual Revenue: $608 million

Cybersecurity product categories: Cloud security, next-generation firewall, data loss prevention, user and entity behavior analytics, email security, web gateway

Appearances on eSecurity Planet's Top Vendors lists: 4

Throughout its more than 20-year history, the company now known as Forcepoint has gone by a number of different names, including NetPartners, Websense, and Raytheon Websense. In 2015, Raytheon bought an 80 percent share in the company, and then the firm bought two other security products from Intel: Stonesoft (previously known as McAfee Next-Generation Firewall) and Sidewinder (previously known as McAfee Firewall Enterprise). The combined company, which also incorporated Raytheon's Cyber Products business, rebranded as Forcepoint in 2016. It says it secures organizations "in every setting, from Top Secret intelligence agencies to Fortune 100 enterprises to mid-size businesses worldwide."

14. RSA (Dell Technologies)

Headquarters: Bedford, Massachusetts

Founded: 1982

Annual Revenue: Undisclosed

Cybersecurity product categories: SIEM, GRC, threat intelligence, network traffic analysis and forensics, endpoint security, security orchestration, UEBA, malware detection, fraud prevention, identity and access management

Appearances on eSecurity Planet's Top Vendors lists: 5

Now a subsidiary of Dell Technologies, RSA has long been one of the most widely recognized brand names in the cybersecurity industry. Its key products include its SecurID Suite for identity and access management, the NetWitness Platform for advanced threat detection and response, and its Fraud and Risk Intelligence Suite, which the company says has stopped more than 1 million cyberattacks. It also offers incident response and other professional services. It boasts 30,000 customers, including 94 percent of the Fortune 500.

15. Splunk

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Founded: 2003

Annual Revenue: $1.27 billion

Cybersecurity product categories: Security analytics, SIEM, user behavior analytics, ransomware prevention, security automation

Appearances on eSecurity Planet's Top Vendors lists: 2

While many of the firms on this list are either pure-play security vendors or are large multi-product technology companies, Splunk is different in that it began as a monitoring and analytics vendor. Its security capabilities grew out of its other machine data analysis tools. Its key security products are Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk User Behavior Analytics, Splunk Insights for Ransomware and Phantom (for security automation and orchestration). The company has won numerous awards, and this year it has acquired three other companies: Krypton, VictorOps and Phantom.

Honorable Mention

The next ten cybersecurity companies in our rankings were as follows:

  1. KPMG (services)
  2. SecureWorks (services)
  3. Imperva (application and data security)
  4. BAE Systems (services)
  5. Carbon Black (endpoint)
  6. FireEye (endpoint and threat detection)
  7. Darktrace (AI for cyber defense)
  8. Dell EMC (endpoint, incident response, cloud)
  9. Rapid7 (vulnerability management and analytics)
  10. Akamai (cloud and DDoS)

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