Gartner Research

Endpoint Protection Platforms: Blending Security, System Management, and Data Protection

Published: 17 May 2011

ID: G00211987

Analyst(s): Daniel Blum


This assessment describes endpoint protection platform (EPP) market trends and futures, analyzes the market segments and vendors, and provides recommendations for customers.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • What is an Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP)?
  • Requirements and Typical Solutions
    • Multiple Platform Support
    • Anti-Malware and HIPS Protection
    • Advanced Data Protection
    • Management
    • Modular Packaging and Interoperability
  • Market Definition and Drivers
  • Market Trends and Disruptors
    • Consolidation and Churn
    • Security and Management Convergence
    • Disruptive SaaS Delivery Model
    • Disruptive OS Changes
    • Disruptive Smartphones and Tablets
    • Disruptive Consumerization and Democratization
    • Disruptive Reputation and Whitelisting Technologies
  • Market Segments
    • Enterprise Anti-Malware
    • Security Suites
    • Security and Management
    • Security Software as a Service


  • Maximizing Detection Capability
  • Obtaining a Broad EPP from a Single Vendor
  • Operationalizing Security
  • Emphasizing Smartphone and/or Consumerization Support Now
  • Migrating to the Cloud

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