Gartner Research

The Evolving Effectiveness of Endpoint Protection Solutions

Published: 12 June 2017

ID: G00323224

Analyst(s): Mario de Boer


An endpoint security solution's effectiveness against attacks is a critical selection criterion, but technical professionals often must rely on external sources when making a decision. This assessment compares technologies used by traditional and new, so-called "next-gen" antivirus solutions.

Table Of Contents


  • Why Signatures Fail
    • Modern Requirements for Endpoint Security
  • Evolutions in the Endpoint Security Market
  • Forget Next Gen and Adopt "Who-Cares-as-Long-as-It-Works Gen"
    • Attack Surface Reduction
    • Pre-execution Endpoint Protection Techniques
    • Postexecution Endpoint Protection Techniques
  • Third-Party Efficacy Testing
    • Vendor Participation in Public Endpoint Protection Tests
  • Building Your Own Testing Capability and Performing a PoC
  • Strengths and Weaknesses of Incumbent EPP
  • Strengths and Weaknesses of New Endpoint Security Solutions


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