[Lastline] Forrester Wave: Automated Malware Analysis, Q2 2016

Forrester is one of the most influential research and advisory firms in the world. One of the main ways they publish information about markets and technologies for their enterprise customers is using a methodology called The Forrester Wave™. Screenshot_2016-04-25_20.25.26.png

Forrester evaluates companies in three areas: their current product, market strategy, and size. Obviously, we’re younger and smaller than some of the companies against which we were assessed – including Intel and Cisco, as well as security-specific “big guys” like Trend Micro, FireEye, Palo Also Networks, and Check Point. We feel this makes our first-place finish for our product even more impressive.

When they evaluated the vendors’ current products, they considered a wide range of characteristics and capabilities:

  • Analysis techniques
  • Manual malware analysis
  • Deployment model
  • Architecture
  • Encrypted traffic inspection
  • Threat intelligence
  • Intelligence network
  • Integrations
  • Reporting
  • Administration
  • Customer references

The Advanced Malware Analysis category has become increasingly important to organizations, Forrester says, because it finds threats, both known and unknown, that signature-based malware offerings often don’t; because it generates the highest-fidelity and earliest alerts; and because it provides actionable data that targets investigation and remediation efforts and removes reliance on labor-intensive “wild hunting.”

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