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CRN’s 2021 Products Of The Year

Wade Tyler Millward, Kyle Alspach

CRN staff compiled the top partner-friendly products that launched over the past year, then turned to solution providers to choose the winners.




SentinelOne Singularity seamlessly fuses together the data, access, control and integration planes of its endpoint protection, endpoint detection and response, IoT security and cloud workload protection into a centralized platform. With Singularity, organizations gain access to back-end data across the company, providing a cohesive view of their network and assets by adding a real-time autonomous security layer. Singularity detects, responds and hunts in the context of all enterprise assets, allowing organizations to see what has never been seen before and control the unknown.

Finalist: CrowdStrike Falcon

In a major expansion of the CrowdStrike Falcon endpoint protection platform, the company recently introduced CrowdStrike Falcon Fusion to streamline incident investigation, response and remediation using repeatable and consistent workflows. The solution allows incident triaging and incident response to be accelerated through configuration of custom actions and notifications, leveraging contextual insights from endpoints and workloads.

Finalist: McAfee Enterprise MVision XDR

Recent enhancements to McAfee Enterprise MVision XDR include unified score, offering a single view of security posture; threat profiling, which provides context on threat groups in order to accelerate both investigation and resolution; and universal search, offering a “Google-like” search experience for threat intelligence information.

Finalist: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, the company’s “cloud-powered” endpoint security offering, provides vulnerability management, endpoint protection and endpoint detection and response, as well as mobile threat defense. The offering was recently expanded to support Windows 10 on Arm devices as well as unmanaged devices running Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS or Android.

Finalist: Sophos XDR

Sophos XDR is an extended detection and response solution that synchronizes key security components—endpoint, firewall, server and email protection—to offer a holistic view of an environment, rich data and deep analysis. The solution ultimately enables enhanced threat detection, investigation and response.

Finalist: VMware Carbon Black Cloud Endpoint

Recent updates for VMware Carbon Black Cloud Endpoint have included the introduction of vulnerability management. The new module provides enhanced visibility and prioritization of risks—enabling security teams to focus on addressing the most exploitable vulnerabilities.

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