Solutions Review’s Endpoint Security Vendors to Watch is an annual listing of solution providers we believe are worth monitoring. Companies are commonly included if they demonstrate a product roadmap aligning with our meta-analysis of the marketplace. Other criteria include recent and significant funding, talent acquisition, a disruptive or innovative new technology or product, or inclusion in a major analyst publication.
Who are the top ten Endpoint Security Vendors to Watch in 2020?
As businesses enter the new decade, endpoint security finds itself in a unique place. On the one hand, the traditional digital perimeter as once understood now falls under the province of identity management. On the other hand, hackers continue to create and evolve their malware attacks at an alarming rate.
Moreover, hackers also innovate their methods to infect endpoints and to use endpoints as a gateway to lucrative targets. For example, they could use a blindspot in a mobile device or an Internet-of-Things (IoT) device. From there they can use it as a springboard to the greater network or plant a dwelling threat for long-term damage.
Therefore, next-generation endpoint security solution providers work to fortify enterprise devices from attack. Obviously, this involves deploying next-generation antivirus, but it also involves enacting application control and port control. Further, it involves using endpoint detection and response (EDR) to detect and mitigate threats that penetrated initial perimeter defenses.
Thus we present the top ten Endpoint Security Vendors to Watch in 2020. Here they are, in no particular order:
The Ten Endpoint Security Vendors to Watch in 2020
VMware Carbon Black
In 2019, VMware, a cloud, networking, and security infrastructure provider, acquired the Massachusetts-based Carbon Black. Prior to this, Gartner named Carbon Black a Visionary in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms. Additionally, it received recognition as a Strong Performer in the Forrester Wave for Endpoint Security Suites. Finally, in 2019, the vendor delivered new API capabilities and access control on its cloud-native endpoint protection platform.
2019 proved a successful one for CrowdStrike. Gartner named them a Leader in their EPP Magic Quadrant. Moreover, Forrester also named them a Leader in two Wave Reports—Endpoint Security Suites and Cybersecurity Incident Response. In addition, the vendor incorporated new firmware attack detection capabilities and introduced its Falcon platform for Amazon Web Services. Finally, it expanded its Falcon Platform with a new firewall management module.
In 2018, Blackberry acquired Cylance. In 2019, we saw the effects of this purchase. Cylance expanded its CylanceProtect platforms to mobile devices and improved its unified endpoint management capabilities. Also in 2019, BlackBerry Cylance launched its CylancePERSONA solution to deliver behavioral analytic capabilities.Finally, it appeared as a Strong Performer in the Cybersecurity Incident Response Forrester Wave report.
Many of the Endpoint Security Vendors to Watch in 2020 expanded their capabilities. FireEye proved no exception. In 2019, it announced the availability of the FireEye Cyber Physical Threat Intelligence subscription service, which provides context, data, and actionable analysis. Also, it introduced cloud security capabilities to deal with cloud infrastructures and hybrid environments and updated their email security.
In 2019, McAfee introduced a Cloud Access Security Broker Integrated Cloud Security Platform; in fact, it worked to innovate its protections against cloud-native breaches. Additionally, McAfee’s research uncovered recent surges in malware attacks and ransomware. Gartner named McAfee a Visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms. It also appeared in the Forrester Wave for Endpoint Security Suites as a Strong Performer.
Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks certainly had a busy 2019. It acquired Aporeto, a machine identity-based micro-segmentation company. It also acquired Demisto, a SOAR provider, expanding its capabilities further. In 2019, it appeared as a Niche Player in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms. Also, Palo Alto Networks received recognition as a Contender in the Forrester Wave for Endpoint Security Suites.
In 2019, SentinelOne earned a spot in the Endpoint Security Vendors to Watch in 2020. It again appeared in the Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Endpoint Protection Platforms. Meanwhile, Gartner named SentinelOne a Visionary in their Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms. Also, it released full remote shell capabilities for its platforms.
In 2019, Sophos acquired Rook Security for their Managed Detection and Response (MDR) capabilities. Also, Sophos acquired DarkBytes, another MDR provider, to serve as the foundation of its new services. Further, it received the position of Leader in the Magic Quadrant for EPP and in the Forrester Wave for ESS. Finally, Sophos appeared as a Strong Performer in Email Security in the relevant Forrester Wave report.
In 2019, Symantec announced a new Managed Endpoint Detection and Response solution. Additionally, it was named to the Gartner Magic Quadrant and the Forrester Wave as a Leader in their respective Endpoint Security reports. Finally, Symantec received a Leader position in The Forrester Wave for Email Security.
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 also appeared a Leader in the Forrester Wave for Email Security. Only time will tell what 2020 has in store for Trend Micro, but all signs point positive.
In conclusion, to find out more about the ten Endpoint Security Vendors to Watch in 2020, check out our Buyer’s Guide. We cover the top vendors and their key capabilities in detail! Check it out here!