Thursday, February 20, 2014

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms- 2013

 Gartner  has  released  their 2013 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms,   ID:G00247705.  Five performers are in the Leaders Quadrant.  Their approximate order in the report: McAfee, Symantec, Kaspersky, Trend Micro, and Sophos.  This is a little bit of a switch from 2012 when the order was Symantec, McAfee, Sophos, Kaspersky, and Trend Micro Microsoft, like in the 2012 report, was the only company in the Challenger portion of the grid.   Analysts for the report - Peter Firstbrook, John Girard, and Neil MacDonald.  Congrats to all in this portion of the quadrant.

Probably not so pleased with the report are Threatrack Security, Beyond Trust, and Check Point Software Technologies.  These were    the bottom three in the Niche Players portion of the quadrant.  Beyond Trust was the overall lowest in the quadrant with respect to ability to execute.  Check Point Software  slipped from the Visionary portion of the grid to this quadrant.  Not good.

McAfee continues its assimilation into Intel, who purchased them a couple of years ago.  The McAfee name will disappear and become   Intel Security.  Kaspersky continues their assault on Trend Micro. Sophos is aggressively expanding their business offerings, has revamped their channel program,  remaining (and probably will remain)  a business focused security vendor.

The   Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms report is available for purchase on their website.  Some vendors such as Symantec have it available on their website for those who register.

Regarding the Leaders quadrant from the Gartner Magic Quadrant Endpoint report - “However, a leading vendor isn't a default choice for every buyer, and clients should not assume that they must buy only from vendors in the Leaders quadrant.  Some clients believe that Leaders are spreading their efforts too thinly and aren't pursuing clients' special needs.”

For more details on the Magic Quadrant and how it is created, read “Magic Quadrants and MarketScopes: How Gartner Evaluates Vendors within a Market”.     Sometimes a leader is not the best solution for a particular customer.  Despite that, you will see many   presentations where the vendor uses being in the Leaders quadrant   as a reason to buy from that particular vendor.

To see a blog on last year’s results -

ckensek on Twitter.

No comments: