Gartner Research

Next Steps in Endpoint Malware Protection

Published: 07 July 2014

ID: G00262346

Analyst(s): Mario de Boer


Malware protection on endpoints is alive and well, but security professionals must understand the various technologies to protect against advanced threats. Architects must balance the efficacy of new technologies against user impact. This assessment compares endpoint malware protection technologies.

Table Of Contents


  • Technologies in Scope
  • A Comparison of Endpoint Malware Protection Technologies
  • Assessment Criteria Used in the Comparison


  • Scope
  • The Importance of Malware Protection on the Endpoint
    • Protection Is Not Futile, Even If Detection Becomes More Important
    • Focus on Endpoint, but the Network Remains an Important Ally
  • From Broad Campaigns to Targeted Attacks: Developments in Modern Malware
    • Advanced Attacks and Zero Days
  • Effective Blocking Is Blocking Close to the Exploit
  • Malware Protection in Modern Operating Systems
    • Operating System and Client Application Security Features and Functionality
  • Exploit Technique Mitigation at the OS and Application Layers
  • Successes and Failures of Signatures and Heuristics
  • Handling Suspicious Files
  • Feature Extraction Based on Machine Learning
  • Application Control
  • Malware Behavior Analysis
  • Malware Containment on the Endpoint
  • Market and Trends


  • Don't Give Up on EPP, Rather Look for Complements
  • Optimize and Integrate Before Expanding
  • Choose Endpoint Solutions Only If You Understand Their Efficacy
  • Categorize Your Endpoints
  • Select and Test for Interoperability

The Details

  • Hardware Assistance for Even Deeper Control
  • If and How Technologies Protect Against Common Threats
    • A New Java Zero Day Through Internet Explorer
    • A New Kernel Zero Day
    • A User Installing a Malicious Program


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