Best of 2006: Anti-virus

The growing sophistication of malware code has been matched by a commensurate increase in the sophistication and capacity of the anti-virus systems we use to protect ourselves.

Today's anti-virus technologies, if kept updated, have evolved to such an extent that they have almost become commodity systems that can be relied on to catch almost all the viruses that are in the wild at any time.

Enterprise administrators know only too well that keeping client-side anti-virus systems up-to-date and catching viruses on a single PC is a relatively simple matter. However, the goalposts move dramatically when it is necessary to deploy, configure, manage and update enterprise-class anti-virus offerings across multiple clients and servers that are distributed across complex corporate IT infrastructures that incorporate local and wide area networks.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Business Optimal
Vendor: Kaspersky Lab 
Verdict: Well put-together management console. Great solution for Kaspersky shops. 

F-Secure Client Security and Policy Manager
Vendor: F-Secure 
Verdict: Supports excellent anti-virus and additional client-side security functionality.

Product: IronPort Virus Outbreak Filters on C300 Appliance
Vendor: IronPort 
Verdict: A top quality, high-end offering that is impressively simple to deploy and manage. 

Product: Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition
Vendor: Symantec 
Verdict: Symantec has put together a very competent product.

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