Platformization is the buzzword du jour in cybersecurity circles. The general idea is that enterprises are consolidating vendors and will ultimately bet on one platform to solve for cybersecurity.

But we've seen this movie before. Platformization isn't exactly new. It's a strategy that has been deployed in enterprise software for decades and mainframes before that. The benefit is customers get one throat to choke. The downside is you bet on a platform and lose your negotiation leverage.

With that backdrop, Editor in Chief Larry Dignan caught up with Constellation Research analyst Chirag Mehta, who noted the potential risks of platformization. Here are some of the topics we cover...

- Two perspectives of platformization (vendor and customer)
- When platformization bites back
- Open platforms matter
- The importance of data in cybersecurity