Technology markets move fast.
Cybersecurity is among the categories evolving most quickly, with vendors and security leaders having to constantly innovate to stay ahead of an increasingly complex threat landscape. This expanding and sophisticated toolset is plainly evident in the access management space, with both development and adoption of these technologies accelerated by the advent of the multi-cloud.
That’s why KuppingerCole Analysts AG has published its first Leadership Compass report covering the rapidly shifting CIEM and dynamic resource entitlement and access management platforms (DREAM) marketplace, helping organizations better understand the solutions that best meet their needs.
Paul Fisher, author of the report, acknowledges the complexity of the market segment and details the various options for security leaders in addressing the mounting problem of managing privileged access in the cloud(s)— concluding that dynamic cloud environments require dynamic access. It also addresses the growing presence of non-human identities requiring privileged access, as well as the concerning proliferation of data sharing among employees, third party users, suppliers and customers.
These challenges are widespread, and many security teams are struggling to balance the desire to build at the speed of the cloud—DevOps must be swift and productive to meet deadlines in a hyper-competitive market—with the pressing need to reduce the attack surface against a profusion of standing privileges, disparate control mechanisms across different cloud environments, and a crippling lack of unified visibility.
Spanning the subcategories of CIEM, PAM, IGA and beyond, the report carefully considers the different options that CISOs can implement to modernize their access management strategies and overcome these issues.
A closer look at the top 21 DREAM vendors
KuppingerCole uses its Leadership Compass criteria to assess the qualities of each vendor, segmenting strengths and weakness across three core categories: product, market and innovation.
Product: analysis of service features and the overall capabilities of the various services
Innovation: not just about delivering a constant flow of new releases. Rather, innovative companies take a customer-oriented upgrade approach, delivering customer-requested and other cutting-edge features, while maintaining compatibility with previous versions.
Market: an amalgamation of the number of customers, number of transactions evaluated, ratio between customers and managed identities/devices, the geographic distribution of customers, the size of deployments and services, the size and geographic distribution of the partner ecosystem, and financial health of the participating companies.
What KuppingerCole says about Britive
It’s important to consider that the Market category is highly competitive, effectively becoming a proxy for scale. The number of customers, the age of an enterprise and size of investment is where an org. like Palo Alto, for example, does well. However, the Product and Innovation categories are criteria that is more directly linked to customer benefit. That’s why it’s validating that Britive has been named a Leader for Innovation, also scoring highly for Product—offering a solution that maximizes the value for our customers.
Some of Britive strengths as featured in the report include:
- Supports Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) applications as an added bonus for developer environments
- Quite eye opening in the way it supports multi-cloud access especially in high-risk developer environments
- Wide and deep support for IaaS, microservices and containerization architectures
- Retains several classical PAM capabilities to round out its appeal
- Strong support for DevOps tools Challenges
- In many ways, Britive is anticipating the future with the focus on 100% JIT access, but some organizations may find this a challenge with current infrastructures
- Security: Positive | Functionality: Positive | Deployment: Neutral | Interoperability: Positive | Usability: Strong Positive
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