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Product review: Seven integrated endpoint security products

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Today's desktop and laptop computers are a complex melange of software: office applications, specialized business programs, homegrown client apps, and ever more complex browsers and operating systems. As an enterprise security pro, you're lucky if you can get at least two agent-based security tools included in this zoo of your standard builds to protect all of that software. Some of us get only one.

Yet desktop security technology is rapidly advancing, with host-based intrusion prevention systems (HIPS), personal firewalls and other defenses augmenting traditional antivirus and antispyware tools. Because of the severe constraints on the number of host security products our enterprises can deploy and manage, major security vendors have responded with integrated endpoint security suites, rolling a bunch of desktop defenses into a single package.

These endpoint security products have introduced a new dynamism into our industry, as antivirus vendors augment their wares with fresh features to compete against each other and hungry challengers. To help sort out all of this, Information Security evaluated seven enterprise endpoint security solutions. We graded each on its management capabilities, reporting, ability to detect and block malware, detecting and thwarting exploit attempts, and integration of the various desktop security capabilities

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This was first published in November 2007

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