Our updated and revised 2014 Endpoint Security Buyer’s Guide updates our research on key endpoint management functions, including patch and confirmation management and device control. We have also added coverage of anti- … malware, mobility, and BYOD. All very timely and relevant topics. The bad news is that securing endpoints hasn’t gotten any easier. Employees still click things, and attackers have gotten better at evading perimeter defenses and obscuring attacks.

Humans, alas, remain gullible and flawed. Regardless of any training you provide employees, they continue to click stuff, share information, and fall for simple social engineering attacks. So endpoints remain some of the weakest links in your security defenses.

As much as the industry wants to discuss advanced attacks and talk about how sophisticated adversaries have become, the simple truth remains that many successful attacks result from simple operational failures. So yes, you do need to pay attention to advanced malware protection tactics, but if you forget about the fundamental operational aspects of managing endpoint hygiene, the end result will be the same.

The goal of this guide remains to provide clear buying criteria for those of you looking at endpoint security solutions in the near future.

The landing page is in our Research Library. You can also download The 2014 Endpoint Security Buyer’s Guide (PDF) directly.

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