NSS Labs has announced the group test results of its first Advanced Endpoint Protection Test (AEP). AEP is a new category of security products that has emerged in response to the failure of traditional endpoint products to detect and block customized malware and zero-day exploits. Of the thirteen AEP vendors whose products had results published today, nine received a Recommend rating, one received Security Recommended, one was Neutral and two were in Caution.
2017 is shaping up to be a transformative year in the endpoint security segment with very capable new technologies. The established endpoint players have fielded evolved products and some are catching up while new AEP prevention, detection and response platforms are positioning themselves to take marketshare from legacy AV vendors.
Enterprises that have traditionally relied on antivirus (AV) products to protect their endpoints are re-evaluating their risk exposure and modernizing endpoint protection strategy to keep pace with advanced threats. More than $1.8 billion in venture and private equity investment has flowed into next-generation endpoint segments since 2014, not only signaling the platform potential of the new entrants, but also leading to a highly fragmented market, with more than 60 vendors. We expect a period of consolidation as new products prove their value.