Microsoft is a Leader in the 2021 Forrester Endpoint Security Software as a Service Wave

We are excited to share that Microsoft has been named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Endpoint Security Software as a Service, Q2 20211, receiving one of the highest scores in the strategy category and among the top three scores in the current offering category. Forrester notes that “the focus on endpoint security has increased as cyber risks shift from the network to the endpoints, prompted by increasing amounts of homeworkers and the bulk movement of data from enterprise network-connected data centers to edge devices.”

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint received the highest possible scores in the control, data security, and mobile security criteria, as well as in the Zero Trust framework alignment and security community involvement criteria. Forrester also noted our “impact on endpoint is also notably low when actively running on the endpoint, and that the number of reported false positives by customers is also the lowest in this evaluation.”

As Vasu Jakkal, Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Security, Compliance, and Identity, states in her blog, we are operating in the most complex cybersecurity landscape we’ve ever seen and security has never been more important. It’s clearer than ever that a Zero Trust approach is critical to success. Our continued investments in extending Microsoft Defender for Endpoint’s industry-leading capabilities across non-Windows platforms, such as macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS, help customers get visibility into all endpoints accessing corporate data and apply the right controls necessary to minimize their growing attack surface. Our strengths in threat detection and integrated XDR approach across endpoints, email and collaboration, identities, and cloud apps further enable security teams’ ability to enable a true Zero Trust strategy.

Also critical to all of our success is the need to share and contribute to the security community so that all can be equipped to strengthen defenses and respond to attacks such as what we’ve seen with web shell attacks, NOBELIUM (Solorigate), and HAFNIUM. As we have seen in recent months, with attacks becoming more coordinated and sophisticated, community collaboration and sharing can help us all take the steps needed for a safer world.

The Forrester WaveTM: Endpoint Security as a Service, Q2 2021 graphic showing Microsoft in the Leaders space.

Our continued leadership in security is due in part to the close partnership we have with customers who give us continuous feedback in the product development process. We are grateful for their continued trust in us and are committed to delivering innovative security capabilities that help them secure their organizations.

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is seamlessly built into Microsoft 365 Defender, our solution offering XDR capabilities for identities, endpoints, cloud apps, email, and documents. Microsoft 365 Defender delivers intelligent, automated, and integrated security in a unified security operations (SecOps) experience, with detailed threat analytics and insights, unified threat hunting, and rapid detection and automation across domains—detecting and stopping attacks anywhere in the kill chain and eliminating persistent threats.

Our mission is to empower defenders with the best security capabilities in the industry so that you can focus on what’s important: preventing and remediating threats.

You can download The Forrester Wave™: Endpoint Security Software as a Service, Q2 2021 complimentary report to get more details about our position as a Leader. We thank our customers and partners for being on this journey with us.

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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is an industry-leading, cloud-powered endpoint security solution offering vulnerability management, endpoint protection, endpoint detection and response, and mobile threat defense. With our solution, threats are no match. If you are not yet taking advantage of Microsoft’s unrivaled threat optics and proven capabilities, sign up for a free trial of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint today.

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¹The Forrester Wave™: Endpoint Security Software as a Service, Q2 2021, Chris Sherman, May 13, 2021.

This graphic was published by Forrester Research as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Forrester document is available upon request here.