ControlNow (Discontinued) vs. Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ControlNow (Discontinued)
Score 6.6 out of 10
N/A
ControlNow (formerly GFI Cloud) was an antivirus product from LogicNow in the UK. The company is defunct and the product is no longer available.N/A
Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection is a malware, spyware, antivirus and endpoint protection application available formerly with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), which later became Microsoft Endpoint Manager. It is a legacy product, with older versions reaching end of support, and is not available as a standalone product.N/A
Pricing
ControlNow (Discontinued)Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ControlNow (Discontinued)Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
ControlNow (Discontinued)Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection
Top Pros
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Features
ControlNow (Discontinued)Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection
Endpoint Security
Comparison of Endpoint Security features of Product A and Product B
ControlNow (Discontinued)
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Ratings
Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection
7.9
2 Ratings
6% below category average
Anti-Exploit Technology00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)00 Ratings8.52 Ratings
Centralized Management00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Hybrid Deployment Support00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Infection Remediation00 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Vulnerability Management00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Malware Detection00 Ratings8.52 Ratings
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User Ratings
ControlNow (Discontinued)Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.6
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
ControlNow (Discontinued)Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection
Likelihood to Recommend
Open Source
Its middle of the road and should suit most applications well
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Microsoft
It is well suited in environments that want a simple AV product/solution that, for the most part, can be easily deployed to client endpoints. It is also good for environments that want something that is easy to use by end-users, and also doesn't use a whole lot of system resources. It is less suited for environments that want an AV solution that is more robust feature-wise, or has more configurable options for the end-users. It is also less suited for those organizations that want an AV product to have the highest detection rate in the industry.
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Pros
Open Source
  • An instant scan of file level downloads so that introduction of a variant file is limited before the scan engine clears it.
  • Dashboard use of the agents available allows for near real-time review and action without directed access to the station.
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Microsoft
  • Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection offers exceptional threat protections for signature-based "known" threats.
  • The signatures are constantly updated and management of this application is super easy with the use of Microsoft SCCM.
  • The application is very much a "set it and let it" type of deployment. Once you install it, there are very little configuration or changes that need to be made.
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Cons
Open Source
  • Dashboard refresh when you have over 100 end agents can be lagging at times
  • The agent install process has potential to hang without alert or warning unless your paying attention through the complete install
  • The silent install process can be problematic when dealing with large-scale networks with varied OS models
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Microsoft
  • The product could improve in the area of having better mechanisms in place with how the SCEP client is deployed/installed from the server on the management side. We have run into this firsthand with the client not installing on an endpoint, and then having to take the time to investigate why it was not installing.
  • A second improvement that can be made is to keep trying to improve the products detection rate for finding malware/viruses. The case can be made that there are some products out there that do a better job at this and have a higher detection rate.
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Support Rating
Open Source
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Microsoft
There was a time and a place in which Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection was an excellent choice to provide threat protections. However, now that threats have been evolving, so too does the need for more advanced protections. In its current offering, it just no longer meets the needs of our organization in terms of providing protections against threats.
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Alternatives Considered
Open Source
ControlNow more nimble and less impactful on the local PC
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Microsoft
How SCEP stacks up against some of the other AV solutions/products is that it does a pretty good job overall (not the best in the industry) at detecting/removing malware, which is the main focus for a product like this. It is also easy to use on the end-user side, which can't be said for some other AV products on the market. I was not involved with the selection/purchase of the product in the organization, but I'm almost certain the organization selected this based on the tight integration with Microsoft System Center Manager, which is used in the organization. Also, given the fact that SCEP is tightly integrated and works well in organizations that utilize Microsoft products, it was probably another factor in selecting this. Lastly, the cost of licenses was probably lower (because of System Center already being in place) than other AV products.
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Return on Investment
Open Source
  • At current we are on build up and the ROI isnt a factor
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Microsoft
  • There was little/no cost associated with this software since we are utilizing SCCM and are paying license costs for that anyways.
  • The level or protection is excellent for the cost of the software.
  • There was at least one instance in which Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection identified a crypto-malware, but not before it had already started to encrypt many of our files. So it did detect the threat, but since it was a little delayed we still were infected.
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