When IT-Harvest was launched we took a stab at cataloging the entire IT security vendor space. It took six months and a team of five to collect information on 1,200 vendors. We also invested in a developer to create an app which we sold subscriptions to. That effort was curtailed when I joined Fortinet. After relaunching in 2008 we continued to track those vendors but a year ago decided to make a concerted effort to gather and put into categories as complete a list as possible. I presented some of the results at RSA this year on the RSA TV stage:
Immediately after RSA I began working with friends in Israel and India to cast my net wider. We found 41 total vendors in India and 228 in Israel. Those numbers were published at my new column as an IDG Contributor: Stiennon’s Security Scorecard.
I will be revealing lots of great data about our space in future columns. In the meantime I am using that data to create market sizing reports. Those are available at www.ith-research.com
And yes, we will be building an app to make our entire database available to subscribers.