Gartner Magic Quadrant 2018: Endpoint Protection Security Platforms

Welcome to page five of five for the next five companies in the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint¬†Protection Security Platforms … and their implications for MSSPs.


  • Quadrant: Leaders
  • Gartner says: The divestiture of the Veritas business in January 2016 and the acquisition of Blue Coat in August 2016 provided a new executive team with leadership and vision that has refocused the vendor and resulted in an improved execution score in this analysis. In 2017, Symantec successfully released product updates for its traditional products with enhancements and new capabilities, such as deception technologies. In the EDR space, Symantec is the most successful of the traditional EPP vendors, where the Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) product uses the same agent as Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP).¬† Throughout 2017, Symantec continued to be the leading vendor mentioned by other vendors as their main competition. Symantec continues to generate growth and increased revenue in both the consumer and enterprise businesses (roughly evenly split 50/50). It continues to lead the market in EPP revenue and market share. Symantec continues to provide one of the most comprehensive EPPs available in this market, with third-party test scores remaining in the top tier, and has added advanced features to better address the changing threat landscape, becoming the first vendor to combine malware protection, EDR, system hardening and deception capabilities in a single agent.
  • MSSP Alert says: Symantec has a large partner program but the company also is an MSSP of sorts.

Trend Micro:

  • Gartner says:¬† Trend Micro is the third-largest vendor in the EPP market, with products ranging across network, data center and endpoint systems. It has a large worldwide footprint, with more than half of the business coming from Japan and the Americas. Although the vendor has had a rather unremarkable year from a technology innovation perspective, it ticks boxes for mainstream EPP requirements, particularly for those looking for a comprehensive suite of solutions at an affordable price. Unlike the more visionary participants in this Magic Quadrant, Trend Micro’s EDR solution is delivered as a separate agent to the EPP solution. And while it integrates with additional on-premises products like the Deep Discovery sandbox, it lacks integration with its cloud sandbox, and cannot be managed from Trend Micro’s cloud platform. One of Trend Micro’s biggest advantages is the vulnerability assessment and virtual patching technology, which uses an IPS engine to detect vulnerabilities, and uses HIPS to create a virtual patch to block the exploitation. Trend Micro remains a good shortlist candidate for organizations of all sizes.
  • MSSP Alert says: Trend Micro was one of the early movers in the MSP-centric SMB channel, but the company’s channel efforts have fluctuated in recent years.

Here’s how the Magic Quadrant chart actually looks…

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