endpoint security
Gartner says vendors face significant market challenges not just from competitors

Endpoint Security or EDR as the analyst like to call it will take center stage at next week’s RSA Conference

Gartner analyst Avivah Litan said a recent blog post on the $500 million Endpoint Security market that she believes vendors face significant market challenges not just from competitors, but from users’ demands for consolidation.

“Clients don’t want to do a lot of system integration. They want to reduce the number of vendors they’re working with,” she says. “So, the vendors that are successful … are offering broader platforms than just endpoint detection and response.”

Gartner’s latest 2017 Magic Quadrant (MQ) for Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP) report 22 evaluated 22 vendors – 360 Enterprise Security Group, AhnLab, Bitdefender, Carbon Black, Comodo, CrowdStrike, Cylance, Eset, F-Secure, G Data Software, Intel Security, Invincea, Kaspersky Lab, Malwarebytes, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Panda Security, SentinelOne, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro, and Webroot.

Gartner says the growing functionality of EPP products has apparently caused some revenue growth for EPP vendors, as SMBs who previously required multiple solutions for their EPP and EMM needs turn to all-in-one solutions. The total EPP revenue of the Magic Quadrant participants at year-end 2016 was slightly over $3.29 billion, says Gartner. That’s up 2.8% over the previous year. Gartner predicts that growth will continue to be in the low single digits in 2017.

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If next week’s RSA conference is anything to go by, Endpoint Security won’t be disappearing all that fast.  Jon Oltsik from ESG lays some of the endpoint protection activities he is looking forward today at the conference (NetworkWorld):

  1. The return of the incumbents. RSA 2016 featured a newish category called next-generation endpoint security
  2. Next-generation endpoint security suites
  3. Machine learning vs. defense-in-depth
  4. EDR comes of age. Endpoint security analytics systems have been a niche in the past, as they required advanced skills to deploy and operate. While this is still true to some extent, most enterprise organizations now understand the value of EDR and the tools are becoming easier to use.
  5. Endpoint security meets cloud control planes and services. Like just about every other cybersecurity area, endpoint security is getting more complicated, demanding more skills and resources

Jon stresses that endpoint protection should no longer be defined as antivirus software. No disrespect to tried-and-true AV, but endpoint security now spans a continuum that includes advanced prevention technologies, endpoint security controls and advanced detection/response tools.

More Here [Gartner]

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