Publication of the 2021 Security Yearbook by Richard Stiennon

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., June 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Author, industry analyst and founder of IT-Harvest, Richard Stiennon, announced the publication of “Security Yearbook 2021: A History and Directory of the IT Security Industry”. The book is available at It was produced and printed in hardcover with the support of sponsors Anitian and Cofense.

2020 has been a year of dramatic developments for the cybersecurity industry. Two notable funded startup failures have been added to the failures chapter. 271 sellers received new financing for a total of $10 billion in new investments. 225 vendors were acquired, with private equity claiming the majority of M&A activity. Full lists of new financings and mergers and acquisitions are published in the new book. The impact of COVID-19 has slowed growth for many suppliers as they expected lower demand. But the shift to working from home has increased the demand for technologies to protect newly distributed organizations. Zero Trust Networks and SASE solutions have seen phenomenal growth in 2020.

“Security Yearbook” is the only published history of the computer security industry. This year, the 2021 edition includes 2,615 suppliers listed by country and category. The percentage change in headcount is provided for each supplier. “It’s one of the most valuable metrics to determine a provider’s health,” Stiennon said. “Successful businesses grow. By monitoring the number of employees, I can get early warning of problems at a supplier.”

The result of over a decade of research, “Security Yearbook 2021” begins in the early days of RACF, ACF2, Check Point Software, Symantec and McAfee, right up to the present day.

“Security Yearbook 2021” is not a summary of technologies; it’s a book filled with rich stories about the vendors and people behind the companies – the misfits and the pioneers – that built today’s $300+ billion cybersecurity industry.

Their individual stories are told in their own voice alongside the author’s market research and analysis, making this a one-of-a-kind read and an indispensable guide for the entire IT security industry.

“The Safety Yearbook has become my life’s work,” said Richard Stiennon. “It’s a full-time job of adapting to the space. In this book, I incorporate everything I’ve learned in 25 years in an industry that’s growing at over 24% every year.”

“Security Yearbook” is already a go-to reference for industry veterans and CISOs. Industry analysts, Wall Street analysts, professors and marketing teams use it for product selection and trend identification. The industry is subdivided into 16 different sectors including network, endpoint, data security, GRC and MSSP. New areas such as Security Analytics, Threat Intelligence and Deception will be of particular interest to practitioners seeking to understand advanced cyber defense tools and practices.

About Stiennon:
Richard Stiennon is chief research analyst for IT-Harvest, the company he founded in 2005 to cover the 2,615 vendors that make up the IT security industry. He has given presentations on the subject of cybersecurity in 31 countries on six continents. He was a lecturer at Charles Sturt University in Australia. He is the author of Security Yearbook 2021: A History and Directory of the IT Security Industry. He published Curmudgeon: How to Succeed as an Industry Analyst in 2020. In 2019 he published Secure Cloud Transformation: The CIO’s Journey. He also wrote Surviving Cyberwar (Government Institutes, 2010) and the Washington Post bestseller There Will Be Cyberwar. He writes for Security Boulevard and The Analyst Syndicate. He is a member of the advisory board of several technology startups and sits on the board of Anitian. Stiennon was chief strategy officer for Blancco Technology Group, chief marketing officer for Fortinet, Inc., and vice president of threat research at Webroot Software. Prior to that, he was vice president of research at Gartner. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a master’s degree in warfare in the modern world from King’s College, London. Follow @cyberwar on Twitter.

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SOURCE IT-Harvest Press