Best of endpoint security 2013

Rachel Shuster

Gold: Symantec Endpoint Protection 12, Symantec Corp.

It was a close race for the gold winner of the endpoint security category, but this year, Symantec emerged victorious with Endpoint Protection 12. Readers specifically noted its speed and frequency of signature updates and effectiveness at detecting and blocking unknown malware and zero-day exploits. Additionally, this endpoint security product scored high marks for its reporting and alerting features and readers felt they were getting their money's worth. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 is "user friendly and gives timely updates," remarked one user.

Endpoint Protection 12 offers comprehensive defense against various types of attacks on both physical and virtual systems and integrates numerous security technologies in a high-performance agent with a single management console. The product is built on various layers of protection, including Symantec Insight and SONAR, and supports integration with VMware's vShield. Additionally, this product is tuned for Windows 8 performance and provides support for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).

With this combination of features, Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 gives organizations widespread security, fast performance and the ability to work in an array of environments.

Expert market reflection on category dynamics:

"Endpoint security products are evolving beyond blocking what they know or heuristically detect. Exploit prevention and breach detection are technologies the next generation of endpoint products must include to remain relevant."

-- Randy Abrams, research director of NSS Labs

Silver winner:  Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business, Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business scored the silver this year for its excellence in frequency and speed of signature updates, as well as its ability to detect and block unknown malware and zero-day exploits. Readers noted its success in blocking, detecting and cleaning up malware; and its return on investment. Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business offers mobile and file server security, mobile device management, anti-malware for workstations, as well as flexible management technologies that help to ensure compliance with your organization's security policies.

Bronze winner:  AVG AntiVirus Business Edition, AVG Technologies

AVG AntiVirus Business Edition earned the bronze for Endpoint Security in 2013. This product received high scores for its ease of installation, configuring and administration. It also won praise for its speed of signature updates, reporting and alerting, as well as effectiveness in detecting and blocking malware. AVG Antivirus Business Edition offers antivirus protection for business and customer critical data. This endpoint security product includes AVG Enhanced Firewall, AVG Smart Scanning, AVG Wi-Fi Guard, AVG Remote Administration and AVG File Server Protection. These key product features, among others, are there to protect your organization from the latest viruses and threats.

View the next item in this Essential Guide: Best of enterprise firewalls 2013 or view the full guide: Security Readers' Choice Awards 2013

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