Overall Satisfaction with Symantec Endpoint Protection
Symantec Endpoint Protection is being used across the entire company. I am the security admin and i manage and deploy "SEP" using the management console on a dedicated server. Symantec Endpoint Protection serves as the virus protection solution for our business. Ever since implementing Symantec Endpoint Protection, the company has been virus free. We had 1 instance of end user error which the employee opened an infected email and SEP caught it immediately.
- Symantec is very easy to deploy to multiple users in an organization. Using the management console, you can use ldap integration and select groups of users at a time from Active Directory to manage.
- Updates are silent with almost zero end user interaction. Most users are not even aware that the software is on their machines and actively updating and protecting them.
- Symantec endpoint protection is compatible will all of the operating systems in our organization. There are 2 installer packages that can be deployed, one for 32bit systems and one for 64bit.
- One of my biggest concerns with the software is on rare occasions, Symantec will try to quarantine its own files it mistakenly flagged as an infection. This would cause the machine to create a log file folder size that can quickly get out of hand.
- Symantec Endpoint is very good in the use of system resources, however, there is a noticeable lag of about 1-2 minutes for the system to shut down.
- Sometimes the endpoints do not automatically update from the SEP Server. I have to manually remote into an end user machine, open the SEP console and click Live Update.
- The objective of Symantec Endpoint Protection is to provide protection from viruses and Symantec has done just that.
- It is definitely a positive ROI. Since implementation, we have had zero infected machines. Symantec is worth every dollar spent.
- It is very hard to find an Antivirus software that can protect a machine while using very little resources and having very little impact on the end users. Symantec does all of these very good.
I use Malware-bytes on my network alongside Symantec Endpoint. Both pieces of software play well with each other. Although Symantec has a good anti malware engine, I prefer to use Malware-bytes for that purpose because they are the leaders in anti malware detection and prevention. Symantec, however, is able to provide protection against the more serious types of infections like rootkits and Trojans.
Symantec Endpoint Protection is best suited for current machines that run Windows 7 and up with at least 4GB of RAM. Older machines that run Windows XP or Vista will encounter performance issues with Symantec. Virus scans can take its toll on older machines on the network that are running critical programs. I have a couple of XP machines that I need on the network for specific programs. In order to have Symantec on it, I have no other programs running on the box.