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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.
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