Strengths: High protection that is very difficult to fool.
Weaknesses: None that we found.
Verdict: A novel approach to managing malware that we found quite effective and attractively priced. Recommended.
Savant takes a completely different view of the problem of malware. This product looks at changes in an application’s fingerprint that may indicate that the application has been altered. Also, users can designate a state — called battleship mode — where no new applications are allowed without user intervention. New or unapproved applications will be removed.
We found this product to be quite easy to use and deploy. The management console features are intuitive and use an easy to navigate layout. We also found this product to be simple and quick to configure. The layout of the console has several management and reporting options, which, once selected, open a tab-top window where further options can be set. The configuration options include the ability to set up granular filters and application maintenance.
The product creates hashes for each application based on a cryptographic algorithm, and constantly validates the key when applications are launched. We found this to be a great form of protection against threats. If the keys are changed in any way, the application is quarantined and the threat of viruses, worms, trojans, etc., are extinguished. The valid key is required for the application to have access to CPU cycles. If the key is invalid, or does not exist, the application will not execute.
Documentation consists of an easy to follow, two-page installation guide, with the remainder of the documentation built into the product itself. The documentation is built in as a massive help file that can provide specific, on demand, help.
There is a full range of support options available from the website. These options include: FAQs, email support requests and live support during the normal U.S. work day using online chat. We found the support options excellent.
The Savant Protection Enterprise Management System is a great value for the money. It provides very effective protection at a reasonable cost. We found that this product’s ease of use, deployment and management, coupled with its a la carte pricing, make it a great investment in network protection.
Enterprise Management has been named Recommended.