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Critical Capabilities for Endpoint Protection Platforms

Published: 31 December 2022


This report focuses on EPPs’ prevention, protection and detection capabilities. It will help you assess offerings’ suitability for the use cases of mature and aggressive (Type A) organizations, mainstream (Type B) organizations, and the least mature and aggressive (Type C) organizations.

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Key Findings
  • The top buying priorities in the endpoint protection platform (EPP) market remain ease of use, prevention, and endpoint detection and response (EDR).

  • Managed services are essential for successful detection of, and response to, modern “human-driven” attacks. Fully managed services are now core offerings for most vendors.

  • Cloud adoption is now mainstream, with most organizations abandoning on-premises infrastructure in favor of better operational efficiency.

  • EDR capability is integral to an EPP. It is beginning to evolve into extended detection and response (XDR) with the integration of additional sources of information and orchestrated responses across multiple security tools.


Security and risk management leaders responsible

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  • Bitdefender
  • BlackBerry (Cylance)
  • Broadcom (Symantec)
  • Check Point Software Technologies
  • Cisco
  • CrowdStrike
  • Cybereason
  • Deep Instinct
  • ESET
  • Fortinet
  • Microsoft
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • SentinelOne
  • Sophos
  • Trellix
  • Trend Micro
  • VMware
  • WithSecure
  • Ease of Use
  • Management
  • Prevention
  • EDR Functionality
  • EPP Suite
  • Managed Services
  • Geographic Support
  • OS Support
  • Type A
  • Type B
  • Type C

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