Information security professionals in general want a single, comprehensive endpoint security system, but endpoint security deployment typically is tactical and driven more by firefighting than strategy, according to a new report from research firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).

“Our data shows that security professionals know that endpoints are at risk, but their current responses still seem tactical and incident-driven,” Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at ESG, said in a statement. “It’s time to take a more holistic view of endpoint security and determine which tools, such as advanced malware detection and granular data security, will and should top the list of any comprehensive solution, whether that’s from a single vendor or a combination of best-of-breed technologies.”

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