Optiv Security Named a "Major Player" in the IDC MarketScape for Canadian Security Services Providers

Security Services Integrator Recognized for Investment in Local Market as well as Breadth of Services and Extensive Technology Partnerships

DENVER – April 4, 2018 – Optiv Security, the world’s leading security solutions integrator, today announced that it has been named a Major Player in the IDC MarketScape: Canadian Security Services 2018 Vendor Assessment. The recognition marks Optiv’s first inclusion in this IDC MarketScape. Optiv was named a Major Player because of the company’s investment in local market growth; its breadth of consulting, operations and technology services; and its more-than 350 vendor partnerships and alliances.

Optiv’s focus is on reducing security complexity and chaos by taking a different perspective: leveraging intellectual property and data analytics to drive automation and orchestration to significantly optimize clients’ security programs while increasing efficacy. This innovative approach has been fueling Optiv’s growth, and has resulted in Optiv being positioned in the IDC MarketScape report.

“The security services market continues to grow in Canada, as organizations struggle with managing complex infrastructures and finding qualified security personnel and budget to implement a proper in-house security solution,” said Kevin Lonergan, an analyst with the Infrastructure Solutions Group at IDC Canada and co-author of the report. “According to IDC analysis and buyer perception, Optiv is an IDC MarketScape Major Player in the security services market in Canada.”

In 2016, Optiv began making significant investments to expand its local cyber security capabilities to support the specific needs of Canadian-based companies. Last year, Optiv greatly accelerated its investment in Canada with its acquisition of Conexsys, a Toronto-based security solutions provider. The acquisition doubled Optiv's Canadian staff allowing the company to serve private and public entities in the country with more local resources. 

“The traditional approach to cyber security involves focusing first on identifying specific threats and then reacting with technology procurement. That approach is not working. It has left organizations with bloated and expensive infrastructures that are impossible to manage, while in fact creating vulnerabilities, gaps in security programs, and barriers to execution that increase enterprise risk,” said Cheryl McGrath, Optiv’s vice president and general manager for Canada. “Our ‘inside-out’ approach enables clients to build a sustainable, risk-centric foundation for implementing proactive and measurable security programs. We start with core requirements of every enterprise – business strategy and risk mitigation – and build outwards from there. Recognition in the IDC Marketscape as a Major Player in our first appearance on the Canadian security services report underscores the effectiveness of our unique inside-out approach to cyber security in the Canadian marketplace.”

IDC MarketScape: 
IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors. 

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Optiv helps clients plan, build and run successful cyber security programs that achieve business objectives through our depth and breadth of cyber security offerings, extensive capabilities and proven expertise in cyber security strategy, managed security services, incident response, risk and compliance, security consulting, training and support, integration and architecture services, and security technology. Optiv maintains premium partnerships with more than 350 of the leading security technology manufacturers. For more information, visit www.optiv.com.

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