2009 Channel Contenders: Security Software


Microsoft

Software giant Microsoft led the pack of channel contenders in the security software category. Microsoft attributes its rise in the security space to a philosophy that promotes comprehensive integrated security, as opposed to security that is "bolted on" separately. That philosophy manifested in recent launches of its hosted e-mail security service Forefront Online Security for Exchange. Meanwhile, the company is giving antivirus competitors a run for their money with the recent launch of its free Microsoft Security Essentials antimalware download.