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


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Readers awarded the bronze to McAfee Total Protection, praising the integrated product in a number of areas. The software, which combines antivirus, antispyware, antispam, personal firewall protection and host-based intrusion prevention, earned strong reviews for the frequency and speed of its signature updates, ease of installation, configuration and administration, as well as its effectiveness in blocking and cleaning up malware.

McAfee Total Protection for Enterprise secures servers, email servers and desktops with automatic signature updates and behavior-based technology to prevent attackers from inserting malicious code into systems. The product also uses signatures and behavior-based techniques to detect and remove rootkits. It filters inbound and outbound email for spam, viruses and inappropriate content.

Total Protection for Enterprise is managed via McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator, which allows administrators to enforce policy, monitor network security and make updates from a single console. The product leverages threat research from McAfee Avert Labs, which tracks emerging threats.

NOTABLE According to Gartner, McAfee was the first traditional antivirus vendor to incorporate HIPS capabilities into its base antimalware product.

This was first published in April 2008

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