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IDC tabs 'Specialized Threat Analysis and Protection' as new security segment

Ellen Messmer | Nov. 6, 2013
STAP technologies work alongside signature-based anti-malware and intrusion-detection and prevention systems

"Among enterprises, it appears extra budget is being allocated for STAP technology, as opposed to shifting spend to STAP from other solutions," an IDC report notes. IDC expects this trend to continue, saying it could help STAP-focused vendors grow while not directly competing with other parts of the security market, such as anti-virus. But IDC also cautions that STAP vendors will have to show they can somehow stay ahead of the attackers, who may use clever "sleep" techniques on malware, for example, to counteract STAP technologies such as sandboxing.

Will security vendors and customers start regularly using the expression STAP, which was coined by IDC earlier this year? That's unclear but IDC expects to continue keeping the running count going on how STAP evolves in its future reports on this market segment.

 

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