SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - McAfee, Inc.
(NYSE: MFE) today announced that leading research firm Gartner, Inc. has placed the company in the leaders quadrant in its "Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms" as published on December 21, 2007.(1) Gartner's research examined vendors who offer solutions in the endpoint protection marketplace.
Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms is based on an assessment of a company's ability to execute and completeness of vision. According to Gartner, "Leaders demonstrate balanced progress and effort in all execution and vision categories. Their actions raise the competitive bar for all products in the market, and they can change the course of the industry."
Factors contributing to a company's ability to execute include products and services, overall viability, market responsiveness, and track record. Gartner gauges a company's completeness of vision by considering its market understanding, sales and marketing strategy, offering or product strategy, business model, and innovation, among other criteria.
"We believe our position in the leader quadrant further validates McAfee's commitment to delivering market leading security risk management solutions," said Kevin LeBlanc, director of product marketing, endpoint security at McAfee. "Customers and partners rely on McAfee to provide best-in-class protection against varying security threats which could disrupt business productivity."
The report observes that "point products for antivirus, antispyware, personal firewalls, and Host Based Intrusion Prevention (HIPS) are rapidly being replaced by suites with a centralized and extensible management framework. The management and reporting capability of EPP (Endpoint Protection Platforms) suites is a substantial differentiator especially in large enterprise. A modular architecture that allows selective configuration based on security requirements and device location is also critical."
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted December 21, 2007 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
McAfee, Inc., the leading dedicated security technology company, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that secure systems and networks around the world. With its unmatched security expertise and commitment to innovation, McAfee® empowers home users, businesses, the public sector, and service providers with the ability to block attacks, prevent disruptions, and continuously track and improve their security. http://www.mcafee.com.
(1) Gartner, Inc., "Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, 2007" by Peter Firstbrook et al, Dec. 21, 2007
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