Business Anti-virus Software
As for software designed specifically to combat malware, there is a plethora of options. First, one must first identify his needs. One of the easiest ways to help identify what software you need is to simply categorize your needs under enterprise/business needs or personal/private needs. We’ll be delving into enterprise software. If one has plenty of systems to protect, it is a good idea to employ business anti-virus software that will often be able to be remotely installed over a network, have a central management console for monitoring, and obviously create security policies to enforce your settings (Williams, 2017). When it comes to the business needs of anti-virus software, the biggest concern is often control. Common features include: centralized managment console, remote deployment, patch management and updates, policy and application control, website URL and category blocking, advanced reporting, change monitoring and file control, resource leveling and scan throttling, file, folder and disk encryption, exchange server (Outlook) email scanning, internet gateway protection, compatibility with Active Directory, Citrix XenServer or VMware vCenter, and mobile and email incident alerts. Most are deployed through a combination of cloud-based and on-premises technologies. Pricing is often subscription-based, and one may be charged per endpoint and with a different fee for management consoles. Backup services are, of course, usually extra. To get an accurate quoted price, it is important to have good knowledge of your devices and technologies such as hardware and operating systems (Stevens, 2016).
Bitdefender GravityZone Advanced Business Security
Bitdefender GravityZone Advanced Business Security software is compatible on PC, Mac, and Linux, and has consistently high anti-virus detection scores, device control, web filtering, exchange mail protection, intrusion detection, free 24-hour support, virtual machine support, load balancing, and is compatible with Amazon Web Services. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support older Windows OSs. It offers solutions for small, medium, and enterprise business, and offers both cloud and on-premises deployment (Stevens, 2016). Attached to the features is a setup that may be a bit Complex. It also offers no mobile device support (Williams, 2017).
Kaspersky Total Security
Kaspersky Total Security for business is available for PC, Mac, Linux, and employee BYOD, and protects all devices, has malware protection scores, secure web gateways, protects data on mobile devices, has encryption tools, protects email communications, has patch management, has web security, and offers proxy server protection. The software is not available in all regions, and it will require working closely with local vendors for sales and quotes. It is available for most business sizes, and, again, offers both cloud and on-premises deployment (Stevens, 2016).
Avast Endpoint Protection Advanced
Avast Endpoint Protection Advanced is compatable only with Windows PC, and provides anti-virus, browsing protection, and remote management. It is short on features, but is easy to use, flexible, and cheap (Williams, 2017).
McAfee Complete Endpoint Business Protection
McAfee Complete Endpoint Business Protection is compatable with PC, Mac, and Linux, and offers solutions for business ranging from small business up to enterprise business. It protects Linux and virtual environments, has a powerful management console, includes email protection, has disk encryption, has mobile features, and protects data stored in cloud-based storage services. As for deployment, it is deployed via a mixture of cloud and on-premises technology (Stevens, 2016).
Sophos Endpoint Protection
Sophos Endpoint Protection is also available for small, medium, and enterprise businesses, and is compatible with PC, Mac, and UNIX. It has a well-designed management dashboard, includes firewall support, has automated malware removal, has behavioral analysis, includes data loss prevention tools, and has policy support. It is deployed via cloud and/or on-premises, and can be complicated to install, but offers thorough security once in place (Stevens, 2016).
Symantec Endpoint Protection
Symantec Endpoint Protection for business provides Customizable endpoint security endpoint security, application control, policy enforcement, and it works with virtual environments. It also provides resource leveling and throttling, is compatible with Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, and Linux, and works with Veritas, formally Symantec’s, Backup Exec. It’s available for most scales of business and is cloud-managed and deployed on-premises. The version for small business includes cloud-based email protection, but does not provide exchange server protection. However, the enterprise level does include this service (Stevens, 2016). Symantec endpoint protection offers a lot of protection but it has no mobile device protection and is expensive (Williams, 2017).
Avira Anti-virus for Endpoint
Avira Anti-virus for Endpoint offers reliable, easy-to-use protection, but is a little expensive when taking into account its features, which consist of anti-virus tech., browsing protection, baseline network protection, and remote management. It is also only available for Windows Windows PCs (Williams, 2017)
Trend Micro for Small Business
Trend Micro for Small Business requires minimal IT support, has exchange server protection, has policy support, includes mobile protection, has centralized control, protects Mac clients, includes web blocking, and automatic updates. It unfortunately does not provide virtual environment security on introductory versions, but it does on the deep security cloud versions. It is only compatible on PC and Mac, and is deployed via cloud/on-premises (Stevens, 2016).