Readers' Choice Awards '08: IT Security Products of the Year


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Protection for handheld devices and laptops


McAfee Endpoint Encryption

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McAfee has been a powerhouse in the antivirus and intrusion prevention markets for years, but it has been gradually expanding its product line of late through acquisitions and organic development. Its McAfee Endpoint Encryption offering (formerly SafeBoot Encryption) has emerged as a leader in the growing market for technologies to help protect sensitive corporate data from theft or loss.

Designed to protect high-value data on laptops and other mobile devices, McAfee Encryption boasts a long list of features, including persistent encryption of files and folders, regardless of where they're moved, support for two- and three-factor pre-boot authentication and single sign-on systems. It also integrates with Active Directory and LDAP and can support PKI deployments.

The McAfee offering received high marks from readers in a number of areas, particularly for its flexible and granular policy controls and its strong central management capabilities.

Users also liked the simple and efficient installation and configuration process and praised McAfee for strong service and support.

NOTABLE McAfee Encryption uses both AES-256 and RC5-1024 encryption.


Symantec Mobile Security Suite

Symantec was among the first wave of security vendors to extend protection to the growing number of mobile devices making their way onto corporate networks, and its strength and experience in this area helped its Mobile Security Suite 5.0 offering win silver.

The suite is heavy on antimalware capabilities and integrates with Symantec Live Update. It includes protection against viruses through scheduled and on-demand file scans.

It also is able to stop SMS spam through message filtering. The Mobile Security Suite, unlike some other competitive offerings, includes a full firewall, with inbound and outbound network traffic control.

Along with file encryption and a file activity log, the offering also integrates with Symantec's Mobile VPN for network access control.

Readers rated Mobile Security Suite highly for malware protection and also praised its range of device coverage, which includes any device running Windows Mobile 5. The suite also drew compliments for its ease of management and its return on investment.

NOTABLE Mobile Security Suite includes a feature to protect itself against attack and ensure the integrity of its components.

This was first published in April 2008

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