Product review: Seven integrated endpoint security products


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The immense complexity of these tools can be overwhelming, with more features than almost any distributed system in today's enterprise. If a given product provides really good security, but cannot be managed across an enterprise in a coherent fashion, it just isn't useful.

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The good news
Symantec is top-notch from a large enterprise perspective, offering easy-to-understand GUIs for policy configuration and status checking.

The bad news
The more you loved the previous versions of McAfee's ePO, the more frustrated you will likely become with the new version.
The typical endpoint security suite must parse hundreds of types of files for antivirus and antispyware functionality, analyze numerous packet types for firewall and some IPS activities, police hundreds of operating system settings and running processes to detect malicious action, and much more. All of these features are controlled with thousands of settings applied via default policy templates or custom policies for specific enterprise needs. Admins roll out these policies to a multitude of managed workstations and servers across the network, all to be managed in real time.

We looked at the ease with which each product could be used to configure systems, quickly determine their security state, and update settings based on attack activity.

We were particularly impressed with Symantec's management capabilities, but McAfee's completely new ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) is a major disappointment.

This was first published in November 2007

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