Gartner names Intel, Kaspersky, Sophos, Symantec and Trend Micro as endpoint protection leaders

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Intel Security (formerly McAfee), Kaspersky Lab, Sophos, Symantec and Trend Micro are leaders in the enterprise endpoint protection market, according to Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms published earlier this month.

Surprisingly, niche players in the report included high-tech heavyweights Microsoft and IBM, along with Check Point Software Technologies, Heat Software, Landesk, and Qihoo 360.

Microsoft was relegated to the niche quadrant because its System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) product (formerly Forefront) "continues to rely heavily on signature-based detection methods. Test results … of the effectiveness of SCEP remain very low when compared with industry averages," the report judged.

For its part, IBM "drifted back" into the niche quadrant because "it is not showing leadership on pushing the state of the art in this market. As a result, although IBM is continuing to gain some market share, it is disproportionate to the potential advantages of its brand and channel," commented Gartner.

Vendors in the visionaries' quadrant included Bitdefender, Cylance, Eset, F-Secure, Panda Security, SentinelOne and Webroot. There were no vendors in the challengers' quadrant.

Scott Gainey, SentinelOne's chief marketing officer, told FierceITSecurity that his firm offers an approach to endpoint security different from traditional anti-virus vendors. It focuses on behavior-based detection techniques, supplemented by a cloud database of threat intelligence.

Gainey said that the company is new to the market, with its product being available for only eight months. The company got a big boost when Netflix announced in a Forbes article last August that it was ditching anti-virus and going with SentinelOne's behavior-based approach. "Overnight, that forced SentinelOne out of stealth mode," he said. 

While vendors offering new technology like SentinelOne might be seeing strong growth, Gartner expects revenue for the enterprise endpoint platform market, which consists primarily of anti-virus vendors, to be modest – in the single digits this year.

For more:
- read the Forbes article

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