For about 2 years, the acronym NGES – for Next Generation Endpoint Security – is prominently featured in the CISI’s preferred solutions. Why such a craze? Does this mean that traditional solutions (like our good old antivirus or firewall) are now obsolete? The answer is probably yes, because the proliferation of threats and their extreme sophistication make conventional antivirus or firewalls less and less impermeable.
The time when employees of a company used separate devices in their professional and personal lives is long gone. This in turn makes the company even more vulnerable to attacks via personal email, or phishing attempts to malicious websites.
The protection techniques of looking for a signature are no longer sufficient on their own to counter mutant and polymorphic viruses. This is why new entrants in this market are showing increased interest in alternative techniques such as behavioral analysis, application control or machine learning.
The few historical suppliers must change their offers if they want to continue to maintain a market share now contested by about fifty actors. NGES products are seen by buyers as alternatives to their traditional solutions, even though they incorporate more and more features like NGES.
What the Gartner provides
In its tenth Annual Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Production Platforms, Gartner defines EPP solutions as integrated solutions that include anti-malware, personal firewall, and port and device control capabilities. Many EPP solutions include additional features such as vulnerability audits, application control, and Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM). Gartner anticipates that in the near future, large market segments such as Data Loss Prevention (DLP) and EMM will be absorbed by NGES offerings, as was the case with personal firewalls and anti-spyware.
Is the promise of convergence of security solutions illusory? It is clear that the promise of a super single global security console is often reserved for large companies with the resources to integrate and operate five-legged sheep. For others, it’s only a dream. That’s why, on their perimeter, NGES solutions can bring concrete answers to smaller companies, getting to merge the multiple issues of securing the access device. And at first, it will allow them to avoid stacking several disparate solutions.
This explains the growth of the NGES market, which Gartner estimated at 2.8% between 2015 and 2016, with an increase of 3% to 5% over 2017.