At three of the four places I have traveled to over the past month, I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of vendors. As usual, there were a lot of new technologies and some really neat products to see out there. Unfortunately, you can never buy them all and the best thing for this year might not be the best in the long run for your organization. Some of the vendors I met that seem to be thinking long term for their product space and developing some great stuff are as follows:
Some of these folks have really been putting some dollars into research and development as they try to keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape. A few of them are branching out of their "comfort zone" and attempting to be much more comprehensive solutions. There is really some impressive technology on the horizon and on the shelf now. Thanks to these vendors, and the ones I am sure I forgot, as they try to help us provide a good layered model for the different environments we try to protect.