For the IT analyst community, the beginning of 2007 is almost certainly a time for taking stock; a time for giving some serious thought to what the year ahead will offer up in our own areas of technology research. For Andrew Kellett, senior research analyst with Europe's leading independent IT Research and Advisory organization Butler Group , this means IT Security. In Kellett's view, f or the IT Security sector, 2007 needs to be a year where more emphasis is placed on the requirement for good quality, unified protection systems, and one where product substance takes over from the usual industry hype. Full comment follows below.

When taking an early look through the Christmas-to-New-Year email files, it would be easy to conclude that nothing much has changed as we move into the new year. It would appear that 2007 will seamlessly push forward with business users worrying about an ever-increasing range of security threats, and IT security vendors carrying on as usual by proclaiming that they have most of the protection answers already in place.

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