bigjohn888jb wrote:I have several networks using Symantec Endpoint protection. It seems to be doing a fairly good job and I like the centralized collection of what is happening on a number of different computers. But it is coming up for renewal and I just wondered if anyone is using something they feel is superior. Not just marginally superior but by a lot.
I wanted to get awat from Symantec because their Endpoint was quite resource hungry, their deployment options were a bit flaky via AD, and uninstalling it was a complete PITA. We tried their Symantec.Cloud Endpoint too, and that was one of the least professional things ever to wear a Symantec badge.
I tried Kaspersky, Trend, and Sophos. After eliminating Trend it came down to pricing and features I wanted. Both were easier to manage than Symantec endpoint IMO but I decided on Sophos and have it rolled out to the main office of around 200 machines* at the moment. Kaspersky seemed to have more features, but some of those felt like feature-creep and bloat, rather than tools I'd actually want from an AV platform. I'd suggest you download the trials of both and take a look for yourself because every company has different needs, but I don't think I'd volutarily go back to Symantec if that's of any help.
Don't get me wrong, the Symantec Endpoint Protection is decent, but it's overpriced and dated under the hood. I'm definitely glad we switched even though Sophos is only marginally better (all the major AV's play to different strengths and weaknesses, none are "perfect" from what I have seen).* - After a corporate split I manage a much smaller firm now, but a lot of my experience comes from a muti-national firm with multiple domains across international WAN links; I have no idea how good Sophos or Kaspersky as non-cloud solutions would be at managing machines across domains, if you were hoping to have a server in one location manage clients elsewhere. Chances are good that you'd need to look at global licensing if this is in multiple countries because some products are licensed globally and others aren't.