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Aug 31 2017

Corporate AntiVirus – Symantec vs Microsoft SystemCenter? #anti-virus #apps, #anti-spyware, #vulnerabilities


Corporate AntiVirus — Symantec vs Microsoft SystemCenter ?

Both are alright and functional for scanning the MS document and its suite. May be good to note also Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Gartner, 2014
Symantec positioned highest in Ability to Execute.

Side note – System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) is now one of the components included in both the Standard and Data Center editions of its System Center 2012 management suite.

Microsoft’s poor signature-based detection could be mitigated to an extent if endpoints were kept up-to-date and patched through System Center Configuration Manager. But System Center only patches Microsoft software, doing nothing to ensure common applications such as Adobe Flash are updated to remove vulnerabilities. Microsof t’s anti-virus engine scores very well when it comes to false positives.
The key with SCEP is it only provides antivirus protection. No firewall, no IPS, no zero-day type scanning or no other features for that matter. Actually one driver is that SCEP is free with SCCM so every company is taking a hard look at it.

Both central mgmt (Symantec has SEPM) can display all clients with IP and MAC address. You can see all user names and who logged in which PC.

Probably compared to Symantec, for the IP and MAC, in MS SCCM (part of SystemCenter), those bits of info are not exposed in any type of list format within the console however you could get that info fairly easily from the SCCM console on a per-machine basis. But it is still does a nice job of presenting you with the info you need all on one page. You know which machines are protected and which ones need attention.

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