G2 Crowd Updates IT Security Software Categories

G2 Crowd has revamped its IT Security software categories on the site. These categories could get even more granulized, but we feel these categories sufficiently cover the buyer’s needs when considering security software.

Security is one of the most rapidly evolving spaces in today’s technology market. We’re doing our best to keep up, categorize and cover all the bases to sufficiently represent the industry.

In sum, we’ve moved six existing categories into the IT Security parent category, added eight new security categories and consolidated two security categories to fit into our new structure.

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Moved: Identity Management

This topic is subject to debate across the tech landscape, but many, including G2 Crowd, believe the products’ main functions serve as security measures.  Identity management software includes tools for password management software, user provisioning and governance software, SSO software and federation software.

The tools help users prevent unauthorized parties from accessing applications, programs and databases. They provide multiple layers of protection for IT departments to secure their business applications.

Moved: Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

It was tough to decide whether VPN software was more an IT management-focused or a security-focused concept. In the end, we decided that people use VPNs to protect their information and conceal their identity.

With users afraid their web history and personal information may be sold or stolen, users are quickly adopting VPN tools. As a result, we’ve moved the category under our IT Security parent category.

Added: Encryption

We decided to create a category for encryption software tools because they seem to be gaining popularity rapidly. Leaks, surveillance and other threats have pushed people to be more cautious about their communications practices.

Encryption tools use algorithms to mask information in the form of ciphertext that must be decrypted to make sense. We’ve included tools ranging from everything including data storage to email text encryption.

Added: Threat Intelligence

Threat intelligence software tools are some of the hottest security tools on the market right now. These platforms collect data from multiple sources, then they interpret and analyze recurring threats, their context and the associate vulnerabilities.

Many of the newest tools in the space are integrating machine learning software and artificial intelligence software capabilities to rapidly analyze global vulnerability trends and inform users of new and emerging threats.

Added: Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

This one is pretty straight forward. SIEM software have been around forever, but the term was coined in 2005. The standards for qualification are rigid and well-outlined.

Tools gather data, analyze it and present users with information relating to their network and devices. They also create historical databases of identity, vulnerability and external threat information.

Added: Incident Response

For this one, the name says it all. These tools detect occurrences of things like malware, viruses and network penetrations. The goal of these programs is identifying live threats and remedying occurrences without shutting the network down.

They also record incidents, classify threats and present users with a dashboard to navigate the network’s current state. An important component is also the incident record database, which provides historical data on threat types and remedy options.

Added: Application Security

Application security software can be a bit confusing, but the tools in this category help users secure existing and developing applications. Many also provide developers with tools to minimize vulnerabilities in their code.

Some tools provide a firewall to prevent web users from penetrating or compromising applications. All in all, these tools make sure your application is tightly secured across networks and platforms.

Added: Cloud Security

When employees inside your secure network are using applications like Microsoft 365 or Google Cloud, how do you know their network is secure? Cloud security software products help remedy that issue.

Some go about it in different ways, but most provide a gateway or sandbox for users to access and operate third-party applications without sacrificing the security of their network.

Added: Secure Web Gateway

Secure web gateway software provides a similar functionality, but secure the web for normal browsing. These tools provide an extra layer of security to protect against web-based malware. Many also offer website filtering, monitoring and encryption features as well.

Added: Secure Email Gateway

Secure email gateway software are very similar as well, but secure the messaging connection between users. These tools scan emails before opening analyze email attachments and identify suspicious contacts. They often provide advanced spam filters and phishing prevention features as well.