A key guiding principle that many organisations have is simplification of their IT environments. This is typically performed through consolidation and reduction of the number of discrete vendors and solutions that their IT teams must deliver and maintain, to ensure business requirements are met.
Unfortunately, in the past a ‘best of breed’ mentality has led to many complex and difficult-to-support IT architectures. Nowhere else has this been more prevalent than in the security space.
Microsoft named leader in 2019 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms
It is very interesting to see the journey that Microsoft has been on in the endpoint protection space. From a position many years ago of not being considered seriously, Microsoft has now entered as a leader in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms. This is reflected in the strategic Cybersecurity roadmaps that we help deliver for our clients, with most clients consolidating security products, and migrating from third party endpoint protection solutions to a Microsoft one.
Microsoft’s unique positioning in this technology space is of course their ability to tightly integrate their endpoint protection solution with the operating system. For example, Windows Defender Antivirus is now a built-in core component of all versions of the Windows 10 OS.
The advanced version of the solution, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection – ATP, extends capability for organisations with addition detection and response features. It also boasts host intrusion prevention (Exploit Guard), centralised monitoring and reporting along with other capabilities such as hardening tools. Microsoft is also integrating alerts and incident response activities across other Microsoft Security tools such as Office 365 ATP, Azure ATP and Active Directory.
This further reinforces the message that was delivered during the recent Microsoft 2019 Partner Conference where security had a heavy focus. As a person who has over 20 years’ experience in IT security, I find it very interesting to see Microsoft evolve with mature security solutions and enable organisations to consolidate and simplify their IT service portfolio.
For more information on Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint protection platforms click here.
Written by: Shaun Moran, Principal Consultant at MOQdigital