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Sam Ingalls
Last Updated October 13, 2021 9:25 am
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Malwarebytes is a cybersecurity company specializing in network and internet security software, offering one of the top endpoint security solutions for consumers and small businesses up to enterprises.

The upstart anti-malware vendor launched in 2008 while the founder was still in college and within a few years had an enterprise-ready solution. Today, the vendor offers next-generation anti-virus solutions for the gamut of operating systems – Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Android, and iOS – and award-winning endpoint protection, detection, and remediation software.

Malwarebytes Products and Solutions

Considering its relative youth, Malwarebytes has a solid offering for protecting endpoints and security incident remediation. Broken into three core segments, solutions include:

Next-Gen Antivirus

The vendor offers next-generation anti-virus capabilities with brute force RDP attack prevention, monthly security reports, and deployment within minutes for small businesses and teams that require modern anti-virus software.

Cloud-Based Management

To optimize the vendor’s EPP, EDR, and IR solutions, Nebula is the cloud-based platform facilitating enterprise management of network endpoints. Nebula comes with simple API integrations and configuration management.

Protection, Detection, and Response

The meat of Malwarebytes is its line of endpoint protection (EPP), endpoint detection and response (EDR), and incident response (IR) solutions for protecting enterprise organizations as well as Windows and Linux servers.

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Vendor Approach to Endpoint Security

Though Malwarebytes offers incident response capabilities, the vendors’ flagship products are Endpoint Protection and Endpoint Detection and Response solutions. 

Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP)

Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection (EPP) is a network security solution for end-to-end protection and next-generation remediation features. With a lightweight agent, the vendor’s software hardens devices with active web protection for end-users, signatureless payload analysis, and behavior-based blocking against exploits.

The Nebula dashboard offers administrators tools to optimize endpoint security management. Provided by Malwarebytes.
The Nebula dashboard offers administrators tools to optimize endpoint security management. Provided by Malwarebytes.

Unlike other endpoint solutions, Malwarebytes’ machine learning-based model focuses on goodware, or code authenticated by known vendors. Using millions of corporate and consumer-protected endpoints for reference, the EPP offers real-time threat intelligence of the latest threats. And when the suspicious activity does get flagged, the Malwarebytes Linking Engine can trace every installation, modification, process instantiation, and in-memory executables.

Read more: Top Endpoint Security & Protection Software for 2021 | IT Business Edge

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)

The Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) software defends endpoints connecting to internal networks and sensitive data. Administrators get real-time protection against malware, automated on-demand reports, and priority phone support through a cloud-based management console.

Crucially, Malwarebytes EDR can help organizations hunt threats, isolate compromised endpoints, and recover network segments through rollbacks. This plan includes file-less protection and optional server security or premium support.

The on-premises management dashboard shows a high-level summary of deployed endpoints’ status. Provided by Malwarebytes.
The on-premises management dashboard shows a high-level summary of deployed endpoints’ status. Provided by Malwarebytes.

Also read: Best Server Security Tools & Software for 2021 | ServerWatch

Recognition and Reviews

Malwarebytes most recently won the Top Corporate Product for Endpoint Protection from AV-Test in June 2021 and has been approved by AV-Comparatives. Both the Gartner Magic Quadrant and Forrester Wave recognize the vendor’s solution in the latest market analyses. 

Gartner Magic Quadrant and Peer Insights

  • Endpoint Protection Platforms: Visionary – 2018; Niche Player – 2017, 2019
  • Endpoint Detection and Response: Niche Player – 2019

On Gartner Peer Insights, Malwarebytes holds 4.6 / 5 stars over 613 reviews in the EPP category. For the EDR segment, the vendor has a score of 4.7 / 5 stars over 149 reviews. Highlighted features cited by users included product capabilities like detection, containment, remediation, and ease of deployment.

Forrester Wave

  • Endpoint Security Suite: Strong Performer – 2018

Read more: Best Ransomware Removal Tools | eSecurityPlanet

Malwarebytes: Company Background

In 2004, high school student Marcin Kleczynski formulated Malwarebytes when frustrated with existing anti-virus solutions. The company would formally launch four years later, and its first enterprise solution would release in 2013. In addition to its software products, the firm also releases its findings annually in its industry-respected State of Malware Report.

With global headquarters in Santa Clara, California, the anti-malware vendor has nearly one thousand employees across its five global offices. The company has made a handful of acquisitions, including ZeroVulnerabilityLabs in 2013, AdwCleaner in 2016, and Binisoft in 2018. 

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