Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business
Strengths: Full endpoint security suite with a large feature set.
Weaknesses: None that we found.
Verdict: A solid product – just what we would expect from these venerable pros. We make this our Best Buy.
Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business provides a full suite of endpoint security features in one easy-to-manage application. With this product deployed, administrators can ensure endpoints are protected from malware, as well as perform a host of functions, such as patch and systems management, encryption of both files and whole disks, and application control. Furthermore, this tool features mobile device management and security capabilities. All this functionality can be driven from a single management console that is well integrated with the existing enterprise infrastructure.
The first step in deploying this solution is to install Kaspersky Security Center software on a server in the organization. Once we had our Security Center installed, we were able to access the management console for the entire security suite and manage everything from this single console. We found the management console to be easy to use and intuitive to navigate. Once we had the management console installed, we were able to start deploying the clients throughout the environment. Through the use of the remote installation wizard, we found it straightforward to deploy and configure the client services on all of our Windows client machines.
Overall, we found this product to be comprehensive in both features and manageability. Aside from the large endpoint security feature set, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business offers a lot of policy management options, including control over removable media devices and application control. All policy can be assigned using the already existing Active Directory structure of users, groups, computers and organizational units. These can then be pushed to the client applications with a single click of the mouse. Additionally, there are clients available for Linux and Mac, as well as a few select mobile platforms.
Documentation included administrator guides for all of the various components of the suite, including the administrator console and all of the various client applications. We found all the guides to be lucidly detailed and to include clear, step-by-step instructions for configuring and managing the offering. We did notice, however, that there was a significant lack of screen shots and visual illustrations.
Kaspersky offers phone-, email- and web-based chat technical support to all customers at no-cost during business hours. Customers requiring additional options, such as 24/7 technical assistance or dedicated contacts, can purchase a contract, available in several levels.
At a price starting at $40 per node, we found this solution to be an excellent value for the money. Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business offers a plethora of endpoint security and management features that can be easily deployed and managed from a single management console. Overall ease of management plus wide support for platforms and devices makes this a solid endpoint security suite for almost any organization.