Gartner Research

Comparing Endpoint Technologies for Malware Protection

Published: 04 March 2016

ID: G00296098

Analyst(s): Mario de Boer


Malware protection solutions bundle multiple technologies. Security professionals must understand these technologies to prevent and detect malware, and to balance the efficacy of new technologies against user impact. This assessment compares six malware protection technologies for client endpoints.

Table Of Contents
  • Technologies in Scope
  • A Comparison of Malware Protection Technologies for Client Endpoints
  • Assessment Criteria Used in the Comparison


  • Assessment Scope
  • The Role of Endpoint Security Technologies in Malware Disruption
  • The Importance of Malware Protection on the Endpoint
    • The Endpoint Is the Focus, but the Network Remains an Important Ally
  • Malware Protection Requires an Understanding of Malware Tactics
    • Advanced Attacks and Zero-Day Exploits
    • Effective Blocking Focuses on Actual Attacks
    • Different Malware Requires Different Defense Techniques
  • Malware Protection in Modern Operating Systems
    • Security Features and Functions in Operating Systems and Client Applications
  • Exploit Technique Mitigation
  • Successes and Failures of Signatures and Heuristics
  • Suspicious-File Handling
  • Static Analysis Grounded in Machine Learning
  • Application Control and Whitelisting
  • Malware Behavior Analysis
  • Endpoint Detection and Response
  • Application Containment on the Endpoint
  • Market Trends
    • Technology Stacks That Challenge Traditional EPPs


  • Don't Give Up on EPPs Yet; 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
  • Choose Endpoint Technology Stacks Rather Than Individual Technologies
  • Avoid Agent Bloat
  • Plan for Monitoring, Analysis and Remediation Capacity, Expertise and Tools

The Details

  • A New Java Zero Day Through Internet Explorer
  • A New Kernel Zero Day
  • A User Installing a Malicious Program

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