In search of intelligence...
In search of intelligence...

With this issue we are starting a bit of a makeover for the emerging products. We listen to what you tell us and you tell us that for these products you want more depth. Done. We are reducing the number of emerging products groups to two per year and increasing the number of products. Most important, though, we are increasing the space we are giving the products. So now you get a full page. 

Our group this month is threat intelligence. This is a truly emerging market space. It's looking for its wings and customers across all verticals are starting to realize the value of actionable intelligence and cybersituational awareness. There are lots of ways to skin this cat and we had the opportunity to see and play with most of them. 

A word about ratings. As a general rule we don't give star ratings, Best Buy or Recommended designations for emerging products. That won't change as we move forward. However, sometimes we run into a special product or service and we want it in our lab. For that we give the SC Lab Approved rating. We will move that into the emerging products issues because some products we see are pretty spectacular.

It's a new year and with the new year we have new projects. So here are some things to keep your eyes open for. There will be more content on our website, scmagazine.com, perhaps including my blog, Threat Hunter. Also, we'll be leveraging the site to nimbly add small emerging product reviews throughout the year when we think a particular sector is appropriate to cover. This will allow us to stay current with the rapidly evolving marketspace and keep you better informed. Even though some emerging product types have, as yet, just a few players, if they are worth your time they're worth our space. 

As well, I invite you to follow me on Twitter – @nuciso – where I am keeping followers up to date on current technical issues in the worlds of digital forensics, cyber threats and other rather geeky stuff – pointers to good, solid, useful technical articles, often in SC Magazine.

So, welcome to a new year here in the products section of SC Magazine and to SC Labs. After well over 20 years writing for SC, I really am looking forward to some of the things we have on tap for you in 2015.