An AEP product is one that provides automatic threat prevention and threat event reporting capabilities for every endpoint system it protects. These products are the current evolution of endpoint security technology, combining endpoint protection products (EPP) with endpoint detection and response (EDR) technology in order to provide detection, blocking, and forensic insight.

With the large number of vendors marketing products with visibility, as well as advanced detection and blocking functionality, it is challenging for enterprises to understand true differentiation. The AEP Group Test provides Test Reports and Comparative Reports that enable enterprises to make informed decisions to evolve and rationalize their cyber risk programs.

What We Tested

In this third iteration of the AEP Group Test, 19 comparable products were presented in the Security Value Map (SVM) out of 21 tested products from market-leading vendors. These products were examined for security effectiveness and total cost of ownership (TCO). Fourteen products achieved a Recommended rating.

Products were tested against socially engineered malware, exploits, blended threats, unknown threats, evasions, offline capabilities and resistance to tampering. Testing spanned four months and included over 56,000 test cases across multiple categories. 

While AEP products vary with regards to efficacy, the security effectiveness of products tested is showing improvement. The security effectiveness of tested products ranged between 87.4% and 99.1%. 13 of the 19 assessed products were resistant to tested evasions, while six of the assessed products missed at least one evasion.  


  • Bitdefender GravityZone Ultra v6.6.7.106

  • Carbon Black CB Defense v3.2.10105

  • Check Point Software Technologies Check Point SandBlast Agent Next Generation AV E80.82.1

  • Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) for Endpoints

  • Comodo Client Security

  • Cylance CylancePROTECT + CylanceOPTICS v2.0.1500

  • Endgame Endpoint Security 3.3

  • enSilo Endpoint Security Platform v3.0

  • ESET Endpoint Protection Standard v7.0.2073.1

  • F-Secure Computer Protection Premium v18.14

  • Fortinet Technologies FortiClient v6.0.3

  • G DATA Endpoint Protection v14.1.1.49

  • Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business v11.0.1.90

  • Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection and Response

  • McAfee Endpoint Protection Essential for SMB v10.6.1.1068

  • Palo Alto Networks Traps 5.0.4

  • Palo Alto Networks Traps

  • Panda Security Panda Adaptive Defense 360 v3.40.00

  • SentinelOne EPP

  • SentinelOne EPP

  • Sophos Intercept X Advanced 2.0.10

  • Symantec Endpoint Protection and Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) v14.2.1023.0100

  • Trend Micro Smart Protection for Endpoints v12.0.5024

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