Quick SEP(M) Review
SEP 12.1 RU 6
- SEP(M) - Symantec Endpoint Protection and (Manager)
Overall Satisfaction with Symantec
Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) and Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM) is the anti-virus software of choice for our organization. It serves as a last / strongest layer of defense on the endpoint operating system. Symantec helps keeps us compliant as we place it on every computer within the organization. With SEP now being compatible with Unix and MACs, it provides protection for a variety of different operating systems. [These solutions] are providing the security administrator with a peace of mind by defending against known viruses. SONAR - a component of SEP is best to none.
Being in aviation industry, it is very critical to have a secure system and defense mechanism in place that can not only help identify the threats but also eradicate them. Our business systems depend on Symantec everyday to ensure proper reliability and security.
- Strong definitions against viruses and decades of knowledge in the field makes SEP(M) second to none in the field of antivirus.
- Centralized Management and compatibility with new concepts in IT industry, e.g: virtualization compatibly.
- SONAR - Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response (reputation based engine that monitors new files for malicious activities.
- Java based management console - The actual management console could be made better and more responsive. This is a challenge for admins using the console everyday to manage SEP clients.
- Inability to schedule GUP (Group Update Provides / distribution points) to SEPM communication.
- Limitation on the location features of SEPM.
- Symantec reporting functionality provides us with all the viruses it catches in our company on a daily basis. A report shows almost 1000+ virus that Symantec protects us against.
When deciding on an antivirus solution for your organization, I believe the following key questions should be asked by the decision maker:
1. How strong (reputable) is the protection engine?
2. How friendly is the management component on bandwidth?
3. If a zero day virus occurs, how quick is the turn around time for antivirus company to provide definitions for the newly found virus?
In all the above mentioned points, I have found Symantec to be a 9 out of 10.