As part of the Infrastructure & Cloud Solutions Group at IDC Canada, Kevin Lonergan manages the Canadian Security Market Dynamics program covering IT security hardware, software and services. Beyond security, Kevin is responsible for several network equipment markets including switching, routing and wireless LAN.
Kevin holds a B.Sc. in computer science and a M.Sc. in computer modeling.
Areas of Expertise (8)
Associated IDC Services (3)
- Canadian Security Solutions: Sales Accelerator
- Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure: Sales Accelerator
- Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker - Canada Region
Trent University: M.Sc., Applied Modelling and Quantitative Methods 2012
Masters thesis completed October 2012
Obtained Teachers Assistant training certificate
Trent University: B.Sc., Science, Computer and Information Systems 2010
Media Appearances (15)
New IDC MarketScape Evaluates 15 Security Services Providers in Canada
IDC Canada online
IDC compared 15 security service providers with operations and customers in Canada using our IDC MarketScape model. As a result of this study, IDC Canada has found six IDC MarketScape Leaders, eight IDC MarketScape Major Players, and an IDC MarketScape Contender in the Canadian security services market. The 15 vendors evaluated in this IDC MarketScape are: Bell, Deloitte, Difenda, eSentire, GoSecure, Herjavec Group, Hitachi Systems Security, IBM Canada, ISA, Long View Systems, Optiv, Scalar (A CDW Company), Secureworks, TELUS and Trustwave.
New IDC MarketScape Evaluates Security Services Providers in Canada
International Data Corporation (IDC) Canada today announced the publication of a new report, IDC MarketScape : Canadian Security Services Providers, 2018 Vendor Assessment (IDC# CA43005218), which compares 17 security services providers with operations and customers in Canada, using the IDC MarketScape model. This process included interviewing all of the providers and one or more customers from each (if made available) on managed and professional security services.
Canadian managed security services firm goes south for new CEO
IT World Canada
Last year Kerry Bailey was part of a U.S. private equity firm considering taking a big ownership in one of Canada’s biggest pure-play managed detection and response providers. Today he’s the company’s new CEO.
Equifax hammered over delayed warning on massive breach
IT in Canada
A veritable storm of questions is arising from Equifax’s failure to immediately report the massive cyber security breach which compromised the private information of American, Canadian, and British customers. Apart from privacy concerns regarding the exposure of personal customer data, there are also queries as to whether the company’s key executives waited until they could dump their Equifax stocks before releasing information about the breach.
Cybersecurity map updated with 2017 budget stats [Malware map]
Canada’s malware infection rate took another dip in April, down 14.3 per cent to about 75,000 total infections detected by SpyHunter in April.
IDC names these 5 service providers as Canada’s security leaders
IT World Canada
IBM, Deloitte, Bell, CGI and the Herjavec Group are the leaders in the security services market in Canada, according to a new vendor assessment report from IDC Canada.
IDC Canada Evaluates 11 Canadian Security Services Vendors in New IDC MarketScape
Toronto ON., - International Data Corporation (IDC) Canada announced today the release of a new report assessing security service providers in the Canadian business landscape. IDC MarketScape: Canadian Security Services 2017 Vendor Assessment measures the capabilities among security service providers with operations and customers in Canada. This process included interviewing 11 providers on their managed and professional security services. Providers were measured across 6 key categories that evaluate current capabilities, and future strategies for delivery of services to customers in the Canadian market.
DDoS in 2017: Strap yourself in for a bumpy ride
DDoS attacks have been around since at least 2000, and they’re not going away. In fact, as the number of devices online grows, the volume and velocity of these attacks is also increasing.
Whole industries have developed around launching and preventing DDoS campaigns as black hats and white hats battle for dominance, and 2017 promises to be the most dramatic year yet in that conflict.
Cybersecurity Predictions for 2017
IT World Canada
Doxxing goes pro, CISOs go hunting and data becomes self-aware. If even half of these predictions come true, 2017 will be an interesting year
PIPEDA changes should prompt improved security stances and roadmap creation
IT World Canada
Businesses are data driven, and enterprises are challenged to both leverage data effectively and manage it. This includes securing it, but also understanding and complying with legislation. The Digital Privacy Act has amended some aspects of Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), including introducing a new data breach notification requirement that is not yet in force.
Canadian Under Writer online
Surveys by market research firm IDC Research Inc. show the “top three roadblocks” to improving IT security are budget, lack of knowledge among non-IT staff, and “an increase in speed and types of attacks,” says Kevin Lonergan, IDC Canada’s senior analyst for infrastructure solutions. “Despite admitting that a lack of employee security knowledge is the number two roadblock to improving security, the majority of organizations provide no training to their staff on a yearly basis,” Lonergan notes...
Almost 90 per cent of work devices lack security to prevent data theft: survey
IT Business online
According to Kevin Lonergan, infrastructure solutions analyst at IDC Canada, this is a common issue for many organizations. He says business users don’t implement enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions in order to keep mobile devices Additionally, many employees don’t bother to install basic security functions on their devices, such as setting up passwords or biometric identification to lock smartphones. And with more businesses adopting a bring your own device (BYOD) policy or simply nit implementing such security software on work-issued devices, breaches of sensitive data can become very real...
Interactive map: Which Canadian region spends the most on IT security?
IT World Canada online
As IT World Canada reporter Howard Solomon wrote earlier this week, one place where IT spend is increasing is with managed security service providers (MSSPs). More CISOs are considering such a service in the face of a talent shortage in the IT security field, says Kevin Lonergan, an infrastructure solutions analyst at IDC.
Security leaders are asking the question of MSSPs “Can they provide equal or better security than my in-house solution at better or equal cost?” he says...
Behind the rise in Canada of managed security providers
IT World Canada
It’s taken a while but Canadian CISOs are increasingly outsourcing elements of IT protection to managed security service providers (MSSPs).
The logic is inevitable: Faced with attackers who are well funded — sometimes by nation states — while their own budgets are constrained, and with no assurance that any combination of defences will set up an impenetrable wall, infosec pros need help.
Canadians need more guidance on mobile security: IDC
Computer Dealer News
Analyst firm International Data Corp., Canada reports that a growing number of mobile users in the country are becoming more cognizant of the need to secure their devices but are still not quite sure how to do so.
For instance, Canadians are increasingly logging into their favourite cloud services with their mobile devices, but are not taking the security precautions they ought to, the company said.
Event Appearances (3)
General Session Presentation and Panel Discussion: CYBER SECURITY
ET Canada Exchange Quebec
Cybersecurity: Managing a New Reality
IDC Directions 2019 Canada Toronto
Managed Security Services: Managing a New Reality
IDC Directions Canada 2018 Toronto
This IDC Market Presentation presents the results from several of IDC Canada's 2020 surveys. It presents changes in cybersecurity priorities for Canadian organizations and how this affects managed security services (MSS) adoption and the bundling of services and solutions.
The purpose of this document is to analyze the following:
-How cybersecurity focus and priorities have changed during the COVID-19 crisis?
-Future managed security services adoption by Canadian organizations
-Driving forces behind MSS adoption during the COVID-19 crisis
-Understand the benefits and reasoning behind bundling multiple services and solutions.
This IDC presentation examines the year-over-year changes in the overall cybersecurity product market including the identity and digital trust, endpoint, content management, AIRO, and network security markets. Hardware and software is included. It also provides competitive positioning in the form of revenue market share for key named vendors in each of those submarkets.
Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan, Yogesh Shivhare
This IDC Market Presentation is based on IDC Canada's 2020 ITAP n1 Survey. We asked 509 Canadian organizations of all sizes across all industries and regions about the key criteria they consider when purchasing datacenter hardware, their level of familiarity with vendors, and how they perceive those vendors with regard to the key criteria they indicated. Included are summaries of the results — readers are encouraged to explore further with analyst teams where deeper segmentation is required.
Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan, Yogesh Shivhare
This IDC Market Presentation examines the year-over-year changes in the overall Canadian datacenter infrastructure ecosystem — notably servers, storage, and networking equipment. It also provides competitive positioning in the form of revenue market share for key named vendors in each of those submarkets.
Dave Pearson, Kevin Lonergan, Nigel Wallis
This IDC Market Presentation discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian security market, from macroeconomic, supply, and demand perspectives. It examines the sectors, segments, and industries that are likely to be hardest hit, and what security technologies may be most and least affected by changes in buying patterns in 2020 and beyond.
Yogesh Shivhare, Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan
This IDC Market Presentation examines the year-over-year changes in the overall datacenter infrastructure networking equipment ecosystem — notably switching, enterprise and service provider routing, and enterprise-grade wireless LAN (WLAN). The document compares 4Q18 and 4Q19 performance based on IDC tracker data. It also provides competitive positioning in the form of revenue market share for key named vendors in each of those submarkets.
Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan, Dave Pearson, Yogesh Shivhare
This IDC Market Presentation examines the year-over-year changes in the overall datacenter infrastructure ecosystem — notably servers, storage, and networking equipment. It also provides competitive positioning in the form of revenue market share for key named vendors in each of those submarkets.
This IDC Market Presentation provides an analysis of Canadian brand perceptions of managed security service providers (MSSPs). It is part of an annual series of brand perception documents that cover the various security markets in Canada. Brand awareness, along with customers' perceptions, was measured against 12 criteria used for evaluating providers for their managed security services.
This IDC Market Presentation presents the results of IDC Canada's ITAP n6 Survey, 2019, focusing on the security product purchasing behaviour of Canadian organizations. In total, 13 products were included across identity and digital trust, perimeter and network monitoring, cloud security, content management, and security tool sets. Respondents were asked if they stick with incumbents, conduct internal research, consult with sales and vendors, or consult with a trusted advisor before purchasing security products.
This IDC Market Presentation presents the results of IDC Canada's ITAP n6 Survey, 2019, focusing on how organizations assess the risk associated working with third-party partners. The purpose of this study was to: Understand how many third-party partners Canadian organizations are working with; How they assess the risk associated with partners accessing and storing their data; What percentage of organizations have experienced a cybersecurity breach due to the poor hygiene of a third-party partner?
This IDC study reviews the top IT security products vendors in Canada. Factory revenue is collected from IDC's Canadian Security Software Tracker and Security Appliance Tracker. The top 5 vendors are highlighted, and competitive details explored across seven security submarkets: endpoint; identity and access management (IAM); messaging; network; cybersecurity analytics, intelligence, response, and orchestration (SAIRO); web; and "other" security. The top vendors in the Canadian security products market are Symantec, Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, McAfee, Check Point, Fortinet, and IBM. This document updates the previous study, Canadian Security Products Market Shares, 2017: SaaS Provides New Opportunities for Vendors to Disrupt the Market (IDC #CA43245218, December 2018).
"Canadian organizations are feeling overwhelmed by the growing sea of products in the cybersecurity space," says Kevin Lonergan, research manager, Security and Infrastructure at IDC. "To become a trusted advisor, vendors need to help customers navigate obstacles including complexity and lack of integration across hardware, on-premise software, and SaaS security solutions."
This IDC study forecasts all IT security markets in Canada, including hardware, software, SaaS, and security services, down to the subfunctional level as defined in IDC's Worldwide Security Products Taxonomy, 2018 (IDC #US43535614, February 2018). Significant changes were made to the taxonomy for 2018, which are outlined in the Market Definition section. This document is the sixth in a series of yearly security forecasts that are published by IDC Canada. The security market was worth $3.0 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach approximately $4.3 billion by 2023, growing with a five-year CAGR of 7.6%.
"Digital transformation continues to fuel the IT security product market in Canada as organizations adopt more technology to secure a growing attack surface," says Kevin Lonergan, research manager, IDC Canada. "Additional vendors and technologies increase complexity while reducing integration, causing many Canadian organizations to adopt security services, which will outpace growth in software and hardware over the forecast period."
Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan, Yogesh Shivhare
This IDC Market Presentation highlights the market update for the Canadian infrastructure market, 2019. Canadian infrastructure hardware market continues to experience single digit growth — 3.0% on average over the past five years. The composition of this market, from both product and leadership standpoints, continues to evolve as new deployment modalities, the advent of new technologies, and price pressures from suppliers and end users push vendors to adapt their portfolios to meet the needs of Canadian organization.
This document details the makeup of infrastructure hardware revenue in compute, storage, and networking ecosystems as well as subtechnologies and how those revenues have evolved over the past five years in Canada. It also outlines the top 10 vendors across all segments in Canada, with additional detail on the top 5.
This IDC study examines market shares of the top networking equipment vendors in Canada. It updates the previous study (see Canadian Networking Equipment Market Shares, 2017: Incumbents Lose Share to Smaller, Specialized Vendors, IDC #CA43244418, September 2018).
"In 2017, buzz surrounding SD-WAN caused many organizations to stretch out refresh cycles for key networking technologies," says Kevin Lonergan, research manager, Infrastructure Solutions and Security. "The market recovered in 2018, as organizations increased spend on traditional networking technologies due to a lack of maturity in the SD-WAN space . Still, change is coming, and vendors need to be prepared for the software-defined future of networking."
This IDC study presents a vendor assessment of security services in Canada through the IDC MarketScape model. Using the IDC MarketScape model, 15 security service providers with operations and customers in Canada were compared. This process included interviewing all 15 providers and one or more customers from each provider (if made available). Providers were measured in terms of current capabilities and future strategies for delivering services to customers in the Canadian market.
Kevin Lonergan, research manager, Security and Networking says, "There has never been more choice of provider for Canadian organizations in the security services market. Pure-play managed security SPs, telecommunication providers, vendors, MDR providers, and consulting firms all have unique capabilities that can meet the needs of organizations large and small. Support for public cloud security services, MDR, and hosted solutions enhanced by machine learning and automation and orchestration will differentiate the security service provider of the future."
This IDC study is the follow-up to Canadian Networking Equipment Forecast, 2018–2022 (IDC #CA42531218, May 2018). The networking equipment market in Canada is forecast to reach $2.93 billion in revenue in 2023, resulting in a five-year CAGR of 1.2%.
Kevin Lonergan, research manager, Networking Equipment and Security, IDC Canada, says, "2018 was a strong year for network equipment, but growth trends are expected to return to low single digits over the forecast period. Cloud is transforming the network equipment market, reducing the need for datacentre infrastructure, while at the same time increasing demand for bandwidth and low latencies at the edge."
This IDC Market Presentation provides an analysis of Canadian brand perceptions of security service providers. It is part of an annual series of brand perception documents that cover the various security markets in Canada. Brand awareness, along with customers' perceptions, was measured against 11 criteria used for evaluating providers for their security consulting services. The purpose of this study was to discover:
- What criteria customers are using to purchase security services
- How Accenture, Bell, Deloitte, GoSecure (CounterTack), Herjavec Group, IBM, Optiv, and TELUS each measure up against the purchasing criteria.
This IDC study reviews the top IT security products vendors in Canada. Factory revenue is collected from IDC's Canadian Security Software Tracker and Security Appliance Tracker. The top 5 vendors are highlighted and competitive details explored across seven security submarkets: endpoint, identity and access management (IAM), messaging, network, security and vulnerability management (SVM), web, and "other" security. The top vendors in the Canadian security products market are Symantec, Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, Check Point, and Fortinet. This document updates the previous study, Canadian Security Products Market Shares, 2016: Cloud Drives Competition (IDC #CA41970817, November 2017).
"Growth in the security products market has historically been driven by security hardware, but cloud adoption is shifting growth to SaaS solutions," says Kevin Lonergan, research manager, Security and Infrastructure. "Small, niche vendors are successfully taking market share from incumbents in multiple markets by offering easily consumable SaaS products."
This IDC study forecasts all IT security markets in Canada, including hardware, software, SaaS, and security services, down to the subfunctional level as defined in IDC's Worldwide Security Products Taxonomy, 2018 (IDC #US43535614, February 2018). Significant changes were made to the taxonomy for 2018, which are outlined in the Market Definition section. This document is the sixth in a series of yearly security forecasts that are published by IDC Canada. The security market was worth $2.6 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach approximately $3.79 billion by 2022, growing with a five-year CAGR of 7.8%.
"Security software, led by growth in SaaS, will outpace security hardware revenue growth over the forecast period," says Kevin Lonergan, research manager, IDC Canada. "This is indicative of the effect cloud adoption is having on the security products market. Regardless of deployment type, Canadian organizations will be increasing their adoption of third-party services to manage and monitor their security products and secure their IT environments."
Kevin Lonergan, Dave Pearson
This IDC study examines market shares of the top networking equipment vendors in Canada. It updates the previous study (see Canadian Networking Equipment Market Shares, 2016: Market Slows, Competition Grows, IDC #CA41970117, October 2017).
"Security hardware vendors continue to move up on the list of top networking equipment vendors, and 2017 was no exception," says Kevin Lonergan, research manager, Infrastructure Solutions and Security. "Outside of security hardware, competition remains strong as vendors compete for share in declining markets such as IP telephony and routing and vendors ramp up for new technologies such as wireless ax access points in wireless LAN."