Gartner Research

Endpoint Detection and Response Tool Architecture and Operations Practices

Published: 19 May 2016

ID: G00297622

Analyst(s): Augusto Barros , Anton Chuvakin


Increased complexity and frequency of attacks elevate the need for enterprise-scale incident response, broad investigations and a rapid forensic process. Endpoint detection and response tools help organizations speedily investigate security incidents and detect malicious activities and behaviors.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
    • Why Did EDR Tools Appear?
  • EDR Tools Defined
    • EDR Capabilities
    • Capability Summary
  • Building a Business Case for EDR
    • Business Case: Save on Security Incident Response Costs
    • Business Case: Detect Endpoint Threats Better
    • Business Case: Provide Endpoint Visibility
    • Overcoming Agent Resistance
  • EDR Tool Use Cases
  • EDR Deployment Methodology and Architecture
    • Who Should Deploy EDR?
    • Endpoint Coverage
    • Deployment Phases
    • Information Collection and Centralization Model
    • Example Deployment Strategies for EDR Tools
  • Essential EDR Processes and Practices
    • Select EDR Operations Best Practices
  • Personnel Requirement for Effective EDR Tool Use
  • Commonly Integrated Tools With EDR
    • Key Focus: Threat Intelligence and EDR
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


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