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Specifically, we tested CA Threat Man-ager 8.1 and Host-Based Intrusion Pre-vention System 8; eEye Digital Security Blink Enterprise Edition; IBM ISS Pro-ventia Desktop Endpoint Security 9.0; McAfee Total Protection for Enterprise; Sophos Endpoint Security and Control 7.0; Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0; and Trend Micro OfficeScan 8.0.
Bearing witness to the rapidly evolving nature of the endpoint security space, the three giants of the information security industry--McAfee, Symantec and Trend Micro--responded with beta versions of their suites that were nearly finalized for shipping. (We requested every product we analyzed be available for general purchase by our publication date.)
Many of the problems we encountered with testing and, in some cases, retesting updated versions of these products reflected the difficulties in dealing with beta builds of highly complex packages. But, further, our testing suggests this class of integrated endpoint security products is, for the most part, far from mature.
This was first published in November 2007