The Best Endpoint Management Software for 2021 and Beyond
Solutions Review’s listing of the best endpoint management software is an annual mashup of products that best represent current market conditions, according to the crowd. Our editors selected the best endpoint management products based on each solution’s Authority Score, a meta-analysis of real user sentiment through the web’s most trusted business software review sites, and our own proprietary five-point inclusion criteria.
The editors at Solutions Review continually research the most prominent and influential endpoint management software to assist buyers in search of the tools befitting the needs of their organization. Choosing the right vendor and solution can be a complicated process; it requires constant market research and often comes down to more than just the solution and its technical capabilities. Yet it’s essential; endpoint protection remains a critical component of any enterprise platform, designed to repel malware and fortify your digital perimeter.
We picked out the best endpoint management software vendors for 2021 and beyond. Vendors are listed in alphabetical order.
The Best Endpoint Management Software Vendors
Bitdefender released the new GravityZone Ultra Suite and announced a more services-focused approach, starting with its Bitdefender Advanced Threat Intelligence. It appeared in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms as a Niche Player and in the Forrester Wave for Endpoint Security Suites as a Strong Performer. The GravityZone Ultra solution includes an integrated EDR platform and a monitored EDR solution.
Broadcom acquired and fully integrated EPP provider Symantec into its portfolio. Broadcom now offers comprehensive threat protection and compliance via the Symantec Integrated Cyber Defense. Prior to its acquisition, Symantec received praise in the relevant Gartner Magic Quadrant and the Forrester Wave reports.
Carbon Black’s endpoint security software—Cb Defense—offers streaming malware protection and EDR to detect and prevent bad actors from attacking your organization in real-time. Previously, Carbon Black was named a Visionary in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms and a Strong Performer in the Forrester Wave for Endpoint Security Suites. VMware acquired Carbon Black in 2019.
Check Point Software
Check Point’s Sandblast Zero Day Attack Protection prevents potential security threats at the initial stages, which can help prevent significant damage before it occurs. Check Point also offers anti-bot technology to block command and control technologies and a managed security service option. Check Point appeared in the 2019 EPP Gartner Magic Quadrant as a Niche Player and the Forrester Wave for Endpoint Security Suites as a Leader.
Comodo’s endpoint security solutions provide a centrally managed, 7-layered suite protecting end-user devices and its applications against malware and other digital threats. Its quarterly Global Threat Reports place them at the forefront of endpoint security threat intelligence. System administrators can use Comodo to terminate suspicious network connections, force-close processes, stop malicious services, and uninstall applications directly.
CrowdStrike’s endpoint solution, Falcon Host, offers visibility in real-time and detects attacks within your enterprise software. It covers Windows desktop and servers as well as Mac computers, whether on or off the network, and combines EDR and anti-malware into a single agent. In 2019, it announced a new firewall management module to its Falcon platform and deployed CrowdStrike Falcon for Mobile; CrowdStrike appeared in the EPP Gartner and Forrester reports as a Leader.
Acquired by Blackberry in 2018, in 2019 Cylance expanded CylanceProtect to mobile devices. Also in 2019, BlackBerry Cylance launched its CylancePERSONA solution to deliver behavioral analytics. Cylance was named a Strong Performer by Forrester in its Cybersecurity Incident Response Forrester Wave report. Blackberry Cylance receives praise from easy deployment and management.
Cynet 360 is the world’s first Autonomous Breach Protection platform that natively integrates XDR attack prevention and detection capabilities (including NGAV, EDR, Deception and more) with automated investigation and remediation, via a single lightweight agent with zero operational effort. Cynet 360 technology is complemented by a 24\7 MDR service free of charge, placing end-to-end breach protection within reach for any organization regardless of its security team size and skill.
Druva inSync is a unified data protection and information governance solution that delivers a single pane of glass for protecting and managing dispersed data across endpoints and cloud applications. Druva’s inSync offers a unique mixture of endpoint security, backup, and identity governance features, representing a cost-effective endpoint solution for complex data infrastructures.
The FireEye platform uses a virtual execution engine with threat intelligence to expose and obstruct cyber-attacks in real-time. Additionally, FireEye incorporates firewalls, IPS, antivirus, and gateways as a means of supplementing signature-based detection methods. In 2019, it announced the availability of the FireEye Cyber Physical Threat Intelligence subscription service and received recognition from Gartner and Forrester for their endpoint security capabilities.
In early 2020, ForcePoint was acquired by Raytheon. However, it continues to operate as an independent endpoint security vendor well suited to SMBs concerned about insider threats as much or more than external hackers. It designs its systems with remote employees and multiple endpoint connections in mind. In 2019, the Forrester Wave for Email Security recognized Forcepoint as a Strong Performer.
Formerly CounterTack, GoSecure provides behavioral analytics with a next-generation endpoint security solution called GoSecure EDR. In 2019, GoSecure launched Next-Generation Antivirus to its Managed Detection and Response portfolio. It emphasizes deep threat knowledge in its products and services and continues to innovate its Next-Generation Antivirus.
Ivanti delivers simplified service management processes, real-time visibility across enterprise services and infrastructure. Its solution can also implement application control for all your endpoints while not disrupting users in their work. In 2019, it announced the Ivanti Security Controls for patch management and third-party applications.
Kaspersky is renowned for its threat intelligence software and its dedication to fighting cyber-crime. It appeared in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms as a Visionary, and the Forrester Wave for Endpoint Security Suites as a Strong Performer. The endpoint security vendor is well-known for its focus on internal innovations over external acquisitions.
LogMeIn Central is a cloud-based endpoint management solution designed to enable IT professionals to effectively monitor, manage, and secure its endpoint infrastructure. In addition, LogMeIn Central provides IT organizations with actionable security and workflow insights that can help increase productivity, reduce IT costs, and mitigate risk. The LogMeIn Central security portfolio includes anti-virus, patch management, proactive alerts, software inventory, and computer health monitoring.
McAfee remains a well-respected name in endpoint security. It was a Visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms and a Strong Performer in the Forrester Wave for Endpoint Security Suites. In early 2020, McAfee acquired Light Point Security for an undisclosed amount. McAfee offers machine learning behavioral analysis, real-time scanning, cloud analytics, application containment, and EDR.
In addition to its PCs and operating systems, Microsoft also offers the Windows Enterprise Mobility and Security, a software endpoint security suite. Microsoft has received high customer approval rates, as evidenced by its position as Leader in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for EPP. Its capabilities include cloud identity access control and mobile device management. Additionally, it appears as a Leader in the Forrester Wave for Endpoint Security Suites and a Strong Performer in Email Security.
Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks has combined network, cloud, and endpoint security into one integrated platform that delivers automated prevention against cyber-attacks. In 2019, Palo Alto Networks acquired Aporeto, a machine identity-based micro-segmentation company, as well as Demisto, a SOAR provider. Also, it was recognized as a Niche Player in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, and a Contender in the Forrester Wave for Endpoint Security Suites.
In early 2020, RSA was acquired by Symphony Technology Group; it continues to operate under its own brand. The RSA NetWitness Endpoint exposes targeted, advanced malware, highlights suspicious activity for investigation, and instantly determines the scope of a compromise to help security teams stop advanced threats faster.
SentinelOne provides behavior-based anti-malware, anti-exploit, and EDR capabilities as an integrated endpoint solution; in other words, it incorporates prevention, detection, and remediation capabilities in one program, which can be deployed on-premises or via the cloud. SentinelOne appeared in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms as a Visionary. Recently, SentinelOne raised $200 million in Series E funding.
Sophos released Sophos Intercept X—a set of signatureless detection and prevention technologies designed to protect against endpoint attacks—in 2016. In 2019, Sophos acquired Rook Security for its Managed Detection and Response capabilities. Even earlier in the year, Sophos acquired DarkBytes, another MDR provider, to serve as the foundation of its new services. Recently, Sophos launched Intercept X for Mobile.
In 2019, Trend Micro was named a Leader in both the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms and the Forrester Wave for Endpoint Security Suites. It is also a Leader in the Forrester Wave for Email Security. Focusing on multi-layered security, exploitation protection, and machine learning, Trend Micro offers a full suite of EDR and EPP solutions.
Webroot’s EPP Solution—SecureAnywhere Business Endpoint Protection—utilizes behavioral analysis, machine learning, and contextual threat intelligence. Webroot’s lightweight nature means it can serve as an additional tool for larger companies as well.