Without specific criteria in mind, it is easy to get lost in the vast and confusing endpoint security market, where you could run the risk of exhausting your resources and spending months and tens of thousands of dollars, only to increase your security effectiveness by one or two percentage points. To avoid this pitfall, first think about why you are considering a change. The majority of customers recognize that they have two significant issues with their current endpoint protection: it is ineffective, as illustrated by the number of security incidents they have failed to stop; and it degrades performance, robbing endpoints and end users of their productivity. Thus, for most organizations, the goal of AV replacement is to gain better protection and better performance.
To gain significant value from the change, your decision criteria should focus first on protection and performance. However, there is another important criterion worth considering: time-to-value. As the name implies, time-to-value is the period of time required to derive value from a solution, and it directly reflects how easy that solution is to deploy and fully implement. This is a critical consideration, since even a solution offering superior performance and protection will be of little benefit if it takes years to implement.