New Features of Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1

We have tested an even newer version of SEP that is cloud-based and designed for SMBs. You can watch the video here.

The latest version of Symantec’s Endpoint Protection software offers a comprehensive defense incorporating sevedifferent security technologies in a single agent-based product that can handle anti-virus, device and application control, network-based intrusions, and phishing attacks. It has a single management console with reports that are easy to understand.

We tested v12.1 on a small network running Windows Server 2003, Mac and Windows XP machines in August 2011.

Price: ranging from $31-$54 per client with volume and competitive discounts available and free 30-day trial for unlimited licenses; Server licensed free.

Supports:
– Endpoints: Windows 7, Vista or XP, Windows Server 2003 & 2008, Windows Small Business Server 2008 & 2011 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008Mac OS, and unmanaged Linux clients
– Manager: Windows 7 or XP, Windows Server 2003 & 2008, Windows Small Business Server 2008 & 2011 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008

Symantec.com
350 Ellis Street
Mountain View, CA 94043
http://go.symantec.com/sep12

Network Box Offers New Form of Internet Security Services

If you are tired of patching your many security solutions and are looking for a simple yet effective managed security appliance, Network Box offers a new protection direction. Combining several dozen active scanning technologies, they can provide advanced anti-malware and network protection within seconds of discovering an attack.

Network Box USA
http://blog.networkboxusa.com/david-strom-video/
Price (US only): 100-user enterprise is between $5400 and $11,000 per year for all UTM options enabled.

Running IE v6 on Windows 7 with Symantec Workspace Virtualization

If you are looking for a way to run IE v6 on Windows 7 desktops, take a look at Symantec’s Endpoint Virtualization technologies. In less than three minutes you can see how this product works.

The software includes two different modules that are free of charge, including Workspace Virtualization administration and the Browser Selector tools. They are fairly simple to setup and flexible enough to isolate individual applications from the host Windows 7 OS.

Symantec Endpoint Virtualization
http://www.symantec.com/connect/endpoint-virtualization
Entry level pricing starts at $45 per node

Using Symantec’s Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition

There is a newer version (2012) that is cloud-based. You can watch the video here.

An easy-to-use security application that includes anti-virus and intrusion protection that is very affordable and accessible for small business networks.

We tested RC of v12 on a small network running Windows Server 2003 and XP machines.

Pros: Simple to install and to setup default automatic protection, reports easy to understand, priced competitively with anti-virus only solutions
Cons: Only protects Windows PCs; default isn’t to replace built-in Windows firewall
Price: Server licensed free, with $44.99 MSRP per client with volume and competitive discounts available
Free 30-day trial for unlimited licenses

Supports: Windows XP (SP 1 or later), 2000/2003/2008 Servers, NOT on Vista
Symantec’s Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition
Symantec.com
20330 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014

Protecting your small business network with Napera’s appliance

Napera’s appliance works in conjunction with Microsoft’s Network Access Protection (NAP), and will support three different operating systems: XP with Service Pack 3, Vista, and Mac OS X. It allows for guest and identity-based access. It installs a small agent on each device that is used for the health check, and to help secure your computer and guide you with the remediation process. It also works with both wired and wireless networks too.

Category: Endpoint network security appliance

Pricing: $3495 for 24 gigabit managed ports. There are also stackable add-ons when you have larger networks. While this is expensive compared to other managed switches (Dell sells one for $500), it is a bargain when compared to full-featured NAC products from Cisco and others.

Pros:
Easy to use and setup
No Windows servers required to operate NAP

Cons:
Only Windows XP with SP3supported
Browsers must be at least IE7, Firefox 2 or Safari 3
Windows agents use Active X to install themselves

Napera Networks Inc 9423 SE 36th St Mercer Island, WA 98040
425 747 7142 http://www.napera.com
version tested: N24 v1.2.1

StormShield from SkyRecon Security Software

There are two parts to the product: The server components (including the relational database and server) and the various agents that run on each endpoint. Among other things, the agent contains a host-based firewall and policy engine that can be customized to control applications and particular endpoint device features such as USB peripherals and registry entries. We tested version 4.801 on a simple network in July 2008.

Unlike anti-virus software, it doesn’t rely on signatures but on behavioral patterns of malware and exploits, to block them. It replaces the weak Windows personal firewall with a powerful host IPS engine and applications control features.

SkyRecon Systems Inc., 1440 Broadway, 23rd floor, New York, NY 10018
Tel: (877) 239 3057 | Fax: (646) 512 5167 | www.skyrecon.com
Product category: Endpoint security software
Pricing: $39-$132 per seat, depending on quantity and features purchased.
Information: http://skyrecon.com/stormshield

Summary: Application control and host IPS make for some powerful endpoint security features.
Pros:
• Variety of ways to lockdown particular endpoint components
• Runs in Windows kernel so can be used to block keyloggers without the need for signatures
Cons:
• Windows XP and 2000/SP4 only, somewhat cumbersome policy creation process
• Somewhat verbose logging can be difficult to parse

eEye Blink Security Software

eEye Digital Security’s integrated endpoint security agent Blink offers a wide variety of protective measures, including personal firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware, host intrusion prevention, and overall system registry and executable file protection. We tested the product in August 2008 and demonstrate some of the ways these features work together and how easy they are to configure. There are versions for personal use as well as ones that communicate with a central policy server too.

Blink v 4.0.4, eEye.com, runs on Windows 2000 or later versions both 32 and 64 bit too
eEye Digital Security, 111 Theory Suite 250 Irvine, CA 92617

Pricing details: Personal $25/yr (3 for $35), Professional $290 for 10 one-year licenses
For more information please go to http://www.blinkfree.com

Pros:

  • various security services all covered with a single agent
  • Powerful policy management tools
  • Enterprise manager works via hardware or software

Cons:

  • Individual users can’t review report archive
  • Can’t add custom ID theft rules