NTT has announced that Gartner, Inc., a leading IT research and advisory firm, has positioned NTT in the “Challengers” Quadrant of the 2014 Magic Quadrant (MQ) for Global MSSPs1.
NTT and its operating companies offer a wide range of managed security services to large and mid-sized enterprises. The company has been expanding its capabilities, solutions, and global reach in managed security services through a series of strategic acquisitions in recent years.
Gartner defines managed security services as “the remote monitoring or management of IT security functions delivered via shared services from remote security operations centers (SOCs), not through personnel on-site.” Gartner writes, “this Magic Quadrant for Global MSSPs presents enterprise buyers with advice on selecting an MSS provider to support global services requirements.”
Gartner views MSS as a mature, growing market and identifies several factors that are driving MSS market growth. According to Gartner, “the primary drivers for MSSs have been consistent for several years: 24/7 threat management and meeting compliance requirements. These may be complemented by related drivers, such as the desire to redirect existing resources to other security areas, or the need to engage deeper or broader expertise than is available in-house. An emerging driver is support for the protection from and detection of targeted attacks through MSSP knowledge of the external threat environment, through insight gained from monitoring events from a broad and global customer base, through MSSP-based advanced analytics, or through MSSP monitoring of customer-deployed next-generation protection and detection capabilities.”
“The breadth of threats across all industries and verticals has ushered in a new era of security, which now requires a melding of technologies, services and companies to address and mitigate increasing and aggressive attacks aimed at information, communications and technologies (ICT),” said Tsunehisa Okuno, Director and Senior Vice President, Director of Global Business Office, NTT. “This is the first ever global Magic Quadrant for MSSPs, and we appreciate Gartner’s efforts to evaluate what we believe is one of the most disruptive mergers of leading MSSPs. We are working aggressively to integrate our services and offerings to help our customers protect their information and technology assets in a rapidly changing global marketplace. We believe the combination of our global footprint, comprehensive security services, R&D investments, and industry expertise will make us a pace setter for innovation in the global security services marketplace.”
As written by Magic Quadrant author Kelly Kavanagh, a Gartner principal research analyst, "Gartner expects that growing enterprise experience with cloud-based infrastructure and applications delivered as a service and accommodating the access of consumer technology to corporate systems, will result in greater acceptance of, and reliance on, cloud-based security-as-a-service offerings.” Additionally, Kavanagh notes, “in 2013, the global market for security outsourcing was $12 billion, with a forecast compound annual growth rate of 15.4% through 2017.”
NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation) is the world’s largest global IT and telecommunications services company and is ranked 32nd on Fortune’s Global 500 list. The company’s roots go back over 100 years to the introduction of the telegraph in Japan and focuses today on innovation in the cloud, mobility, network and communications. The company had operating revenues of over US$130 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 and employs 227,150 people worldwide. The company’s subsidiaries include Regional Communications Businesses: NTT EAST, NTT West; Mobile Communications Businesses: NTT DOCOMO; Long-Distance and International Communication Businesses: NTT Communications and Dimension Data; and Data Communication Businesses: NTT DATA. For more information, visit www.ntt.co.jp.
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1 Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Global MSSPs” by Kelly Kavanagh, February 26, 2014.