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Symantec Endpoint Protection

By Sally Finley - Posted Mar 1, 2012
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Company: Symantec Corp., 350 Ellis St., Mountain View, CA 94043, (650) 527-8000, www.symantec.com

Price: Symantec sponsors a program called SAMI, which offers a discount to help educational institutions manage IT security. Pricing is available online or by calling (800) 721-3934.

Audience: Symantec is geared toward IT managers and system administrators in a K–12 environment.

System Requirements: 1GB RAM or higher, 900MB of free space on hard disk, web browser Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, or 9 or Mozilla Firefox 3.6 or 4.0. Specific requirements are provided online for supported processors, Windows operating systems, Mac OS, and Linux operating systems.

Description: Symantec Endpoint Protection combines Symantec AntiVirus with advanced threat prevention. It integrates security technologies in a single agent and management console.

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Installation will need to be completed by an IT technician or a system administrator. In­ stallationRating: A

Content/Features: Symantec Endpoint Protection includes antivirus, anti-spyware, desktop firewall, intrusion prevention, and devices application control. Protection is available for Windows, Novell NetWare, Mac, or Linux environments.

It requires only a single agent managed by a single management console. This single integrated interface allows for a single communication method and content delivery system across all technologies.

It enables instant Network Access Control (NAC) upgrade without additional software deployment for each endpoint and provides operational efficiencies such as single software updates and single policy updates.

Unified and central reporting and unified licensing and maintenance are key features. There is no change to the client when adding NAC enforcement.

Symantec Endpoint provides Proactive Threat Scanning, which scores both the good and bad behavior of unknown applications, providing more accurate detection without the need to set up rule-based configurations.

An Advanced Rootkit Detection and Removal tool is provided by integrating Veritas Mapping Service, which provides access below the operating system.

Application Control allows administrators to control access to specific processes, files, and folders by users and other applications. It provides application analysis, process control, file and registry access control, and module and DLL control. Endpoints are locked down to prevent data leakage.

Device Control determines which peripherals can be connected to a machine and how the peripherals are used. It locks down an endpoint to prevent connections from thumb drives, CD burners, printers, and other USB devices, preventing sensitive and confidential data from being extracted or stolen and from being infected by viruses spread from peripheral devices. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Symantec Endpoint will need to be installed by a system administrator. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Product support is available by phone at (650) 527-8000. A website support site contains support information and an FAQ. Symantec Connect is an online community for Symantec customers, partners, and employees that answers product questions, shares technical knowledge, and encourages submissions of product ideas. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: There are many new ways to improve communication and productivity, but with these new technologies comes multiple security risks. Symantec Endpoint is a product that will effectively deal with these problems within an educational setting. Data, system, and application protection is crucial in the educational setting. K–12 schools and higher education institutions need disaster recovery plans to ensure data is backed up and up-to-date. Symantec Endpoint will stop malware issues such as viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware, bots, zero-day threats, and rootkits. It reduces administrative overhead by preventing security outbreaks and lowers the cost of ownership for endpoint security.

Symantec Endpoint provides the cost-effective solutions and expertise needed to help educational institutions easily manage every aspect of IT security and availability. If your school or district is looking for a product that will provide powerful security, Symantec has the solution. Its website is especially well-designed to provide not only information but helpful solutions from experts in the field as well. I highly recommend Symantec Endpoint as the solution to a school’s security needs. Highly Recommended.

Reviewer: Sally Finley, educational consultant, Coral Springs, Fla.; sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.


 
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