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Carbon Black Named a ‘Visionary’ By Gartner for Endpoint Protection

February 1, 2017 / Michael Viscuso

In its first ever appearance in the Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Carbon Black has been named a Visionary by Gartner Research.

The threat landscape is always changing, and while malware continues to evolve and develop new and interesting ways to harm us, it’s the rise of non-malware attacks that pose the most significant challenge for organizations worldwide.

Non-malware attacks, which leverage existing software to carry out their malicious activities, cannot be stopped by traditional and machine-learning antivirus (AV). This new challenge requires a new approach. Carbon Black is leading the effort to stop both malware and non-malware attacks with its Next-Generation Antivirus (NGAV), Cb Defense.

According to the Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms” by Eric Ouelett, Avivah Litan, Ian MacShane, January 30, 2017: “The next wave of attacks will be fileless. Advanced attackers have been exploiting script-based attacks for years. Common Windows utilities, such as the command line interface, PowerShell, Pearl, Visual Basic, Nmap and Windows Credential Editor, can be exploited to compromise machines without dropping any executable files, evading all traditional forms of malicious file detection…As a result, EPP buyers should look for vendors that focus on memory exploit protection, script analysis and behavior indicators of compromise. Ultimately, we believe that vendors that focus on detecting behavior indicative of attacker tradecraft (that is, tools, tactics and techniques) will be the most effective.”

An offering that serves organizations looking to replace traditional AV

Traditional AV has been failing due to its inability to prevent modern attacks and resource-heavy agents that bog down end users.

Cb Defense is the leader in NGAV, offering a new approach to prevention that stop all types of attacks, while bringing in market-leading detection and response capabilities in one single agent, managed from a single console, delivered from the cloud.

By 2019, EPP and EDR capabilities will have merged into a single offering, eliminating the need to buy best-of-breed products for all but the most specialized environments,” notes the Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms” by Eric Ouelett, Avivah Litan, Ian MacShane, January 30, 2017.

Despite that converged functionality, Cb Defense only requires less than 1 percent of CPU usage and only 15 minutes to deploy, ensuring end users are not impacted at all.

Protects against file-based and fileless attacks

Our own threat research, which dove into the security events of more than 1,000 customers, supporting more than 2.5 million endpoints, found the rise of non-malware attacks occurring around the world to be overwhelming. Virtually every organization was targeted by a non-malware attack in 2016, and about one-third of organizations were found to be likely to encounter at least one severe non-malware attack in the next 90 days. This method of attack, also known as fileless, memory-based or simply “living of the land,” are especially effective given the current approach to endpoint security.

What does this mean for you?

Carbon Black was recently named a ‘Visionary’ in endpoint protection by Gartner. We believe our vision of Next-Generation Antivirus (NGAV) represents the future of endpoint protection. NGAV should exceed the capabilities of current endpoint protection solutions on the market and prevent all forms of cyberattacks, including non-malware attacks. That’s why Cb Defense, with its breakthrough prevention model, market-leading detection and response capabilities and single, lightweight agent, can help your organization stop both malware and non-malware attacks to keep your endpoints safe.

Check out the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant Report for Endpoint Protection Platforms and read what Gartner has to say about Carbon Black.

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