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All of the products in this article are considered best-of-breed when compared to the dizzying and immense array of antimalware protection products available on the market, but some stand out more than others in specific situations.
Let's look at some top-notch products from Kaspersky, Mc Afee, Microsoft, Sophos, Symantec and Trend Micro to see how they meet the procurement criteria laid out in the previous article in this series, and how they fit into small, mid-size and enterprise environments.
Endpoint antimalware is an essential layer in an organization's security defense apparatus.
While these products tend to have a lot of features in common, choosing the right product means paying attention to the details and matching organizational needs to product features, platform coverage, performance and cost.
Part one looks at the basics of antimalware protection in the enterprise, part two examines the different use cases for antimalware products, and part three offers insight into procuring and deploying antimalware products.
Most products geared for small organizations are designed for easy installation and administration, assuming these environments have limited IT administrative staff or expertise.
All products except Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition support device control.
(Device control allows IT to restrict or block user access to removable devices and enforce device access rules.) Kaspersky Small Office Security offers the broadest set of additional features, including application control, file-level encryption, online banking and phishing protection, online backup, password management and much more.
Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition and Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security in particular require minimal IT savvy.
The base feature set for all five products includes antivirus/antimalware protection, a firewall, URL blocking and Web browsing protection.