Analyst Jon Oltsik of the Enterprise Strategy Group writes a column for Network World called "Networking Nuggets and Security Snippets." Last week he penned an interesting piece titled "The market impact of security/identity integration."
In the article Oltsik describes how governance, compliance and new electronic business processes are driving more alignment of security policy with users, roles and business activities. He goes on to provide his take on who the leaders, challengers, dark horses and question marks are among vendors in this newly converged space. He cites IBM, Microsoft and, tentatively, CA as leaders.
Yes, I'm flagging the story because Jon's take is very much in line with Microsoft's view and strategy. But it's worth a read.