Best anti-malware solution

Winner: Symantec Corporation for Symantec Endpoint Protection

Cybercriminals are using in­creasingly stealthy, sophisticated and organized attacks. Mitigat­ing security risks is more chal­lenging for corporations due to heterogeneous technologies, in­creasing threats and vulnerabili­ties, organizational alignment, expanding regulatory scopes, and budget constraints. Syman­tec Endpoint Protection (SEP) combines Symantec AntiVirus with advanced threat prevention to deliver an unmatched defense against malware for laptops, desktops, and servers. It delivers the most advanced technol­ogy available to protect against today's sophisticated threats and threats not seen before. It includes proactive technologies that automatically analyze ap­plication behaviors and network communications to detect and actively block threats. It also provides device and applica­tion control features to manage actions and secure data. SEP seamlessly integrates these es­sential security capabilities in a single agent administered via a single management console.

SEP offers essential security technologies (AV, anti-spyware, desktop . rewall, intrusion prevention and application and device control) via one inte­grated agent and administered from a single management con­sole. SEP features a simplied management console, built-in network access control (NAC) enablement, and numerous training and support offerings to speed implementation for partners and customers. The solution is resource friendly by reducing its memory footprint by more than 80 percent. It blends signature-based anti­virus with new proactive threat detection technology to protect from both traditional and emerging threats before events occur, mitigating risk of infec­tion or data loss.

It also incorporates Generic Exploit Blocking, a vulnera­bility-based IPS technology that blocks all new exploits of vulnerabilities (including vari­ants) with a single signature to improve detection and speed remediation. SEP leverages Symantec's Global Intelligence Network to deliver an unparal­leled view of the entire internet threat landscape.

Finalists 2009

  • ESET for ESET NOD32 Antivirus
  • IBM for IBM ISS Proventia Network Multi-Function Security
  • SourceFire for ClamAV
  • Sunbelt Software for VIPRE Enterprise
  • Symantec Corporation for Symantec Endpoint Protection
  • Websense for Websense Web Security Gateway

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