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Next-gen Cybersecurity

AI-based solutions for evolving digital threats


Emerging threats require proactive tools that take a holistic view of corporate networks

Corporate cybersecurity today is tasked with protecting connected hardware and cloud-based software from myriad threats such as unauthorized access and data theft. The next-generation of tools leverage AI and machine learning to dominate endpoint protection, detection, and response. The traditional enterprise network perimeter is fading and enterprise workflows are increasingly reliant on the internet and cloud applications. Personal computing devices and connected industrial hardware connect to corporate networks on a daily basis, leaving many potential entry points for malicious actors. The evolving threat landscape requires a holistic approach to cybersecurity that considers an organization's entire network landscape. Advances in AI help companies bridge this gap by detecting threats using behavioral analysis. Companies can now use behavior-based methods to identify threats proactively, even unknown ones which would have otherwise gone undetected by traditional applications such as antivirus programs. AI also allows for efficient monitoring, investigation, and automation of common remediation tasks that would have been traditionally carried out manually—a time-consuming process prone to error.

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Market Sizing

The US market for next-generation cybersecurity could reach up to USD 28.1 billion by 2025

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Market Mapping

Large incumbents maintain a strong presence in this industry as they expand traditional cybersecurity portfolios with complementary products focused on cloud services produced through a mix of internal development and acquisitions. Some larger disruptors also follow an acquisition strategy, acquiring smaller startups to expand their portfolios. These acquisitive incumbents and larger disruptors are therefore listed across multiple segments of the market map.

The endpoint security space, in particular, has a significant incumbent presence, as traditional antivirus software vendors are adding behavior analytics and artificial intelligence to their products. Symantec (now owned by Accenture) and Trend Micro are some of the largest endpoint protection providers globally, each claiming more than 18% of the segment’s overall market share.

While the market map features more endpoint security companies than any other segment, companies offering cloud security products have attracted the most private funding—more than USD 7.1 billion for the cloud network and cloud-native application security segments as of August 2021. Further, nine out of ten startups in this hub were established over the last decade and have collectively raised over USD 12 billion as of the same date.


The Disruptors

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Incumbents buy the future with acquisitions of next-generation cybersecurity startups

The cloud service providers, pureplay cybersecurity companies, and endpoint security software providers in this section have either acquired stakes in next-gen startups, or pivoted their business model to offer products and services across multiple segments.

Major cloud providers like Microsoft and Fastly generally bundle security products along with their primary offerings. Pureplay cybersecurity incumbents, such as Palo Alto Networks, have been gradually building their product portfolio to keep up with industry trends, using acquisitions to bridge gaps and speed up go-to-market activities.

Incumbents in the endpoint security segment have historically offered traditional antivirus software to retail and enterprise customers. These companies have improved their offering to feature AI and behavior analytics to detect known and unknown threats. These companies have also started building endpoint detection and response (EDR) tools to leverage automation and machine learning.

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