It's almost a truism, but cyber criminals will always be ahead of the curve, and everyone else will continually be stuck playing catch up.

With no silver bullet “one size fits all” and multiple point solutions all shouting loudly for the attention of customers, it can feel like we are fighting to not be last, rather than investing in the armoury of the Cyber War of the Century.

The security market has shifted dramatically from the good old days of a simple firewall and some anti-virus software. Managed services, cloud services, black lists, white lists and grey lists, sandboxing, reputation services, threat feeds and numerous other technologies are all intended to reduce the load on IT Security teams, and prevent them from being overwhelmed. But with so many solutions apparently offering similar value, who do we know to trust?

Truthfully: None of them. No single appliance is going to work. Rather, the collaborative intelligence of all of the solutions is the best defence we can get.

But there is a snag. Cyber security is a business. Business survives on profit. Profit is most effectively earned by displacing competition. So how do you get competing companies to join the same team against the common foe?

A good first step is the approach from Intel Security (now McAfee by Intel). They recently announced a Cyber Threat Alliance founded by themselves, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks and Symantec. Now they are stepping up by transforming their DXL into an open platform for any vendor to join and utilise. This is all with their new message of “Together is Power”, putting collaboration at the forefront of what they do.

But one player does not make a team effort. It will take responses from all of the cyber security vendors to face the onslaught of Cyber Criminals.

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend” is possibly the best hope we have to put up a decent fight, and multi-vendor integration is a good start.