Rethinking the Endpoint: Consolidation, Augmentation or Rip-and-Replace? (NSS Labs)


Has digital security gotten worse in the last 12 months? Well, more than 550 vendors were packed in the RSA exhibit halls last week to tell you emphatically, YES. And the keynotes were not particularly optimistic. For example, the president of Microsoft used his keynote slot in part to promote a Digital Geneva Convention.

Attendance at RSA 2017 was reportedly north of 43,000. The exhibit halls were packed—but bigger is not necessarily better, and each year it gets more difficult to rise above the marketing noise. NSS attendees universally felt that the clatter was such this year that it was difficult to discern consistent themes from the show floor.

Early in the week, NSS released the results of our first Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP) Group Test, no doubt coloring the topics that folks wanted to talk to us about. A recurring topic in our conversations with vendors, enterprises, and financial analysts was the maturity and effectiveness of advanced analytic techniques, particularly machine learning.