Gartner Research

Enterprise Endpoint Protection When the Consumer Is King

Published: 02 April 2013

ID: G00247706

Analyst(s): Peter Firstbrook


We are in the beginning of an unprecedented transformation in end-user computing platforms as the balance of power shifts from business to consumers. IT security leaders must adapt endpoint protection solutions to this changing landscape, while addressing lingering PC vulnerabilities.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Traditional desktop Windows PCs are becoming a smaller share of the endpoints used by employees, yet will be the most infected devices, and consume the most IT organizational focus to secure
  • The newest breed of mobile devices will not require IT security leaders to apply the same style or level of security as traditional PCs
    • Enforcing proper device configuration
    • Blocking malicious applications
    • Enabling acceptable-usage policy and browser protection
  • The increase in non-corporate-owned endpoints used for work requires IT security leaders to ensure EPP solutions focus on data protection rather than on malware

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