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Up and to the Right: Symantec is a Leader in the 2018 MQ for Endpoint Protection Platforms

Symantec placed highest for execution and furthest for completeness of vision in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms

In the cyber security business, victory laps are ill-advised. We all understand that this race against the bad guys has no end in sight and that we have to find ways to improve our pace, our innovation and our execution, day-in and day-out.

With that said, it’s nonetheless extremely gratifying to see Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms. It places Symantec highest in its Leaders Quadrant for ability to execute and furthest for completeness of vision. (And follows Symantec’s recent Gartner Peer Insights Customer Choice Gold Award for endpoint protection where our customers validated our EPP products and direction.)

We are no stranger to the Leaders Quadrant—in fact, Symantec has been named a leader in every Gartner Endpoint Protection Magic Quadrant since 2002. We believe this year’s placement is a testament to the hard work and innovation of a lot of talented and passionate people here at Symantec, in a wide variety of roles throughout all levels of the organization. They are driven by one over-riding success metric: keeping customers safe. This kind of market feedback via the Gartner report is a great indicator that we are on the right path. And rest assured, we are committed to continually innovating and improving.

Read the full report here.

What’s Next?

Of course, we have work to do and a race to keep running. Today is just one point on the journey. In 2016, we introduced Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) 14, giving customers the ability to combat cyber threats with an integrated defense platform that orchestrated prevention, detection and response across endpoints, gateways, messaging and the cloud. This past October, we introduced Cloud Generation Endpoint Security, lowering complexity and bringing together a complete stack for endpoint security. We took advantage of world-class R&D to bring customers new innovations this year:

  • An endpoint deception capability that can be deployed and managed at scale, so that customers can turn the tables on attackers.

  • An endpoint App Isolation capability, through SEP Hardening that enables enterprises to adapt their security posture by creating un-penetrable Castles for protecting high value applications while running unknown applications in un-breakable jails while creating the right user experience

  • Significantly enhanced EDR capabilities with full FDR, File-less detections and a hybrid sandbox

Tomorrow? Expect more innovation. Expect our ongoing commitment to great execution. And expect greater efficiency and better TCO for your organization. On the latter, our approach (both with Endpoint Protection but also more broadly with our Integrated Cyber Defense Platform) reduces costs and allows the resulting savings to flow directly to the bottom line. Instead of needing to invest in various security controls that don’t necessarily improve overall endpoint security, customers benefit from a complete endpoint protection with a single security stack.

To the great team here at Symantec, thank you for your hard work and dedication. We all know that we have long had a vision to provide our customers with a comprehensive endpoint protection stack. And over the years, as new players entered the market and grabbed headlines with any number of “security point products du jour,” we kept our focus. We stayed true to our convictions, and we executed.

To our customers and partners, thank you for your business and please feel free to share any feedback with me. In the meantime, expect Symantec to keep moving “up and to the right!”

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About the Author

Javed Hasan

Senior Vice President, Endpoint, DataCenter & Mobile Symantec

Javed is Senior Vice President of Enterprise Products at Symantec. He is responsible for product management and development of Symantec’s award winning Enterprise Security Products including Endpoint , Datacenter, Storage & Iaas Security product lines.

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