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The Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting an Endpoint Protection (EPP) Solution 2017–18 compares protection approaches from leading EPP vendors and takes an in-depth look at the latest protection propositions offered by next-generation EPP providers.


  • The report focuses on vendors that cover most of the main elements of endpoint and mobile device protection, and specifically includes vendors that provide user and device protection products and services for PCs, laptops, tablets, and smart mobile devices.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand that when selecting an EPP solution, IT decision-makers must take into account current and future business protection requirements.
  • Understand that because mobile devices are an under-resourced area of EPP, businesses should look closely at these capabilities when selecting an EPP provider.

Key questions answered

  • How is the EPP market changing?
  • Why are established providers under pressure?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key findings

Vendor solution selection

  • Inclusion criteria
  • Exclusion criteria
  • Methodology
  • Ovum ratings

Market and solution analysis

  • Ovum Decision Matrix: Endpoint Protection 2017–18
  • Market leaders: vendor solutions
  • Emerging vendors and EPP market challengers
  • EDR vendors
  • NGAV/NGEP vendors
  • Network security vendors diversifying into endpoint
  • Others

Market leaders

  • Market leaders: technology
  • Market leaders: execution
  • Market leaders: market impact
  • Kaspersky Endpoint Security (KES) (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • McAfee Endpoint Security (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • Microsoft Windows 10, Windows Defender Antivirus, and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • Sophos Endpoint Protection and Intercept X (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP14) (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • Trend Micro Smart Protection for Endpoints (Ovum recommendation: Leader)


  • Further reading
  • Authors

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