“CrowdStrike dominates in EDR while building its future in XDR and Zero Trust.” — The Forrester Wave™: Endpoint Detection and Response Vendors, Q2 2022
We’re excited that Forrester has named CrowdStrike a “Leader” in The Forrester Wave™: Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) Vendors, Q2 2022 and recognized us as dominant in EDR as we build our future in Extended Detection and Response (XDR) and Zero Trust. We believe that to be a leader in XDR, you must first be a leader in EDR, which is why we are well positioned to drive innovation and lead the XDR market.
we believe security endpoint it is the most critical aspect of the security stack, the foundation of XDR, and the core of a strong Zero Trust security strategy where workloads, identities, and data must be protected. Think about how the endpoint has evolved: today’s employees authenticate through the endpoint; they use the endpoint to access cloud applications. The data flows through the endpoint. As the endpoint evolves as a centralized area of business risk, the technology to protect it must evolve as well.
While XDR is the future of enterprise security, EDR remains a pain point that most security teams face today. Forrester says there are still significant gains to be made in EDR, specifically in features that improve analyst workflow while prioritizing resiliency and providing customization for threat hunting, investigation and response. According to the report, many organizations are still looking for a robust EDR offering that has a feature set for an enterprise environment.
For customers looking to adopt XDR, this is important as XDR must start with EDR technology and build on that foundation.
The Forrester Wave evaluated the top 15 EDR vendors based on 20 criteria. CrowdStrike was named a “Leader” and received the highest possible score in 15 of the 20 total criteria. We believe CrowdStrike’s recognition as a leader in this Forrester Wave further validates our vision and execution in the marketplace. We continue to demonstrate industry-leading innovation in endpoint security, while building toward a future that breaks down security silos and embraces new levels of protection through offerings like XDR, Cloud Security, Identity Protection, and Zero Trust.
CrowdStrike stands out where it matters most
In this report, Forrester advises security and risk buyers on how to approach today’s EDR market and which features and capabilities deserve more attention. These areas are also mapped to where CrowdStrike received the highest possible scores:
- Meaningful contextualization for analyst functions: Forrester recommends security buyers prioritize EDR solutions that improve the user experience through simplified telemetry context, intuitive event binding, and dynamic risk scoring. CrowdStrike received the highest possible scores in the related criteria of endpoint telemetry, detection capabilities, investigation capabilities, and threat hunting capabilities.
- Flexible response orchestration and automation: In its report, Forrester says that security buyers should “select an EDR vendor that not only enables response orchestration and automation, but also seamlessly integrates it into the analyst workflow…” With our security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) framework, falcon fusionCrowdStrike offers an optimized experience for EDR response workflows, with the highest possible scores in both the Response Capabilities and User Experience criteria.
- A strong and differentiated product vision. When it comes to choosing the right EDR solution, Forrester says that “having a clear product vision is vital…” and recommends that security buyers “…shortlist vendors that have a clear vision and scope.” …” Once again, CrowdStrike received the highest possible scores in the Product Vision, Planned Enhancements, and Innovation Roadmap Criteria.
CrowdStrike drives faster detection and response
CrowdStrike pioneered the concept of EDR and changed the way security was delivered with our lightweight agent and cloud-native architecture. The CrowdStrike Falcon® platform is designed to protect the modern enterprise and harness the vast amounts of data required to effectively detect and respond to advanced attacks and stop breaches. The platform continuously monitors all endpoint activity and analyzes data in real time to automatically identify malicious activity and prevent advanced threats as they occur, unlike the batch processing approach of many competitive solutions.
“CrowdStrike is best suited for those who want a powerful EDR tool with a plethora of high-quality threat intelligence seamlessly integrated into the offering,” Forrester writes in its report. “It’s also a good fit for security teams looking to outsource some capabilities through managed services.”
With the Falcon platform, all endpoint activity is streamed into the platform so security teams can quickly respond to our AI-prioritized alerts and proactively search for new threats. Human skill and experience is a critical force multiplier that is essential to stopping the practical keyboard and living off-the-earth techniques that modern adversaries employ to evade the detection capabilities of simple standalone-only solutions.
These innovations are essential to defend against attackers who are becoming more sophisticated and increasingly exploiting compromised credentials and identities to carry out their campaigns. The CrowdStrike 2022 Global Threat Report found that 62% of attacks involve practical keyboard activities that are not malware. These changes require stronger security measures, and CrowdStrike is at the forefront of protection technologies.
We believe our recognition as a leader in this report is a testament to our commitment to protecting clients in key risk areas such as final point remains a primary target of the adversary. Once adversaries gain access to a targeted device, they can move throughout the organization to access high-value assets and perform malicious activities, such as stealing data or intellectual property. Data is a high-value target: CrowdStrike Intelligence saw an 82% increase in ransomware-related data breaches in 2021.
CrowdStrike’s Industry Leading EDR – The Strongest Foundation for XDR
as Forrester stated in a previous report on XDR, “Good XDR lives and dies by the foundation of good EDR.” Today’s report shows, in our opinion, that CrowdStrike provides clients with the strongest foundation on which to build their XDR strategies.
“Its strategy stays true to its DNA as an endpoint-first security tool while methodically expanding into XDR and embracing Zero Trust,” Forrester writes in the latest Forrester Wave for EDR. “Their roadmap follows this trend, continuing to prioritize feature enhancements in EDR, prevention capabilities, and an expansion into additional XDR capabilities around identity, data, and third-party ingestion.”
CrowdStrike will continue to drive customer-centric innovations that extend our industry-leading protection to the most critical areas of business risk: endpoints, cloud workloads, user identities, and data. Our relentless focus on delivering customer-centric innovation builds on our leadership in EDR to provide organizations with the most powerful capabilities including XDR, identity-based security, threat intelligence, cloud security and more, all through a unified cloud-native platform.
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Thank you CrowdStrike customers!
We would like to thank our customers for their continued trust and support. We remain committed, first and foremost, to your success and to ensuring you have the strongest, most effective and comprehensive endpoint protection. Reference customers spoke incredibly highly of the support they received through the technical account management program, Forrester says in its report. CrowdStrike would like to thank its growing loyal customer base and look forward to working with you for years to come.