Gartner’s First-Ever Security Service Edge Magic Quadrant
The security service edge (SSE) market is red-hot as businesses with hybrid workforces are clamoring for consistent security solutions from the cloud.
Leading the global security service edge market are cybersecurity all-stars Zscaler, Netskope and McAfee Enterprise, as well as technology giants like Cisco and Palo Alto Networks, according to Gartner’s first-ever 2022 Magic Quadrant for Security Service Edge (McAfee Enterprise was renamed SkyHigh Security earlier this week after the Gartner report was published).
Total market revenue for SSE was approximately $2.5 billion in 2020, with the market growing at upwards of 21 percent year over year. The biggest market trends that are driving adoption of security service edge solutions include the hybrid workforce model, SD-WAN transformation and a significant increase in cloud adoption.
By 2025, 70 percent of organizations that implement agent-based zero trust network access will choose an SSE provider rather than a stand-along offering, up from 20 percent in 2021, according to IT research firm Gartner.
Another Gartner market prediction is that by 2025, 80 percent of organizations seeking to buy SSE-related services will purchase a consolidated SSE solution, compared to a stand-along cloud access security broker, secure web gateways and zero trust network access offerings, up from only 15 percent in 2021.
Security service edge technology secures access to the web, cloud services and private applications.
Key cybersecurity SSE capabilities include access control, data security, security monitoring, threat protection and acceptable-use control enforced by network-based and API-based integration. Gartner said SSE is primarily delivered as a cloud-based service, and may include on-premises or agent-based components.
Gartner’s SSE Magic Quadrant ranks vendors on their ability to execute and completeness of vision and places them in four categories: Niche Players (low on vision and execution), Visionaries (good vision but low execution), Challengers (good execution but low vision) and Leaders (excelling in both vision and execution).