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By maxwell edison ·
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In the aftermath of what seems to be an especially busy year (first half-year) of fending off viruses, Trojans, security holes, and so on, perhaps some people have some input as to the best protection software and/or procedures to protect our corporate networks. Personally, I'm in the process of evaluating various virus protection software, and will be updating accordingly. Norton, McAfee, and Trend Micro are the three on my evaluation list, so any feedback on the current versions would be appreciated. (Any suggestions over and above the three products mentioned are welcome as well.)

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All three

by Cactus Pete In reply to Virus Protection Options

We have always used all three, though the configuration changes from time to time.

McAfee gaurds the mail gateway and the machines themselves, at the desktop and on the server. Norton is scanning all internet traffic not email ralated. Trend is on the Exchange Information Stores.

Everything updates hourly.

There is some overlap, but we don't mind much.

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Thanks for the input

by maxwell edison In reply to All three

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I'm leaning towards McAfee on the desktops and Norton on the mail server. I'm running into "user friendly" issues with Norton, and many users just disable the thing - Ouch!

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McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator

by Cactus Pete In reply to Thanks for the input

You can push the McAfee programs, etc, out to the clients and lock it down so they can't change a dang thing with McAfee's ePolicy Orchestrator. It does a lot of reporting, too.

Norton has always been our least favorite, but I didn't want to say that right off the bat. We DO feel that a third vendor helps us, but in the future we may move that to one of the more European applications. Perhaps F-Prot or something else. I've always liked F-Prot, but haven't used it in an enterprise.

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Sophos.

by admin In reply to Virus Protection Options

MAx, I gotta tell ya, I LOVE SOPHOS!

It's central deployment is awesome and it is VERY non-intrusive.

If you have questions let me know. I have used several solutions and by far it has been the best for us.

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Not a huge fan of either Norton or McAfee. We use AVG and/or Avast

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Virus Protection Options

They seem to keep their databases more up to date like as often as 3-4 times per week. In really troblesome times - daily. Right now I'm evaluating something new called Panda Platinum 7 but so far haven't formed any opinion. Check with me in a months time and I'll let you know what I think or decide.

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symantec corporate

by arleenw In reply to Virus Protection Options

I switched to the Symantec corporate from McAfee this year and I absolutely love it. I can deploy and manage all the workstations - and servers - from the Symantec management console on my workstation. The interface is easy to use. I can see what version virus definitions each workstation is using, when the last scan was and if any viruses or threats have been detected. The console can also be expanded to manage firewall protection.

McAfee did a good job of protecting the workstations, but I found the interface somewhat cumbersome and finding information about virus definitions and whatever was not clear. It could have been me, or the version I was running, but I was unable to manage the workstations from my workstation like I can from Symantec.

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What We Do

by tbbrickster In reply to Virus Protection Options

I have a Novell server which runs SAV Enterprise. I have it configured to check hourly for updates and push to the Win 98/XPs. On clients, SAV sits in background, scanning all the action, internal or external.

We use GroupWise for internal email only. For external, we use Netscape's mail client to POP from ISP who hosts web site.

Once a month or so, I'll run TrendMicro's free scanner on the server partitions as a backup.

At home I run AVG.

Whatever you end up with, if you're running Exchange (which I have in the past,) get a solution that has an Exchange component as well. Shortly after arriving at my last job, they had SAV Enterprise, but not the Exchange component. The very day I installed it, someone later sent the HR Director an infected email, which it nicely caught. I had it set to inform both the sender and reciever that a virus was detected in the email.

Do let us know what you decide and why please.

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Gave your question a little more thought and.......

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Virus Protection Options

I can't really make any comment on Trend Micro because in all honesty I have never even heard of it but since you seem to be considering it there must be a reason. My major reason for avoiding Symantec's Norton and McAfee is either of them could be considered the MS of anti-virus and why is MS so flawed by security breeches. It's simple, when you think about it. MS is a major target partly due to its sloppy code but mainly because its the largest installed user base and next on that list are the not so deadly duo of Norton and McAfee thus making them targets as well. So, there you have my reasons for using AVG or Avast in their corporate versions each with an Exchange component, at which time I am none too happy with. I am also giving this Panda program I received an eval copy of and I'm about to give it a look. My own personal feeling is for AVG at present and as I say they seem to constantly upgrade the database which lends a certain comfort factor to the mix. Oh yes both AVG and Avast work very well with Lotus Notes.
Anyway that's it for the present.

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Thanks for the input

by maxwell edison In reply to Gave your question a litt ...
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Have you formed any conclusions yet??? I'd be interested.

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Thanks for the input

I've installed Panda Platinum 7 and have to admit it does have some interesting features. It looks like I won't have a lot to do for a while so maybe I'll catch up on some software evaluation work. Anti-virus is as good a place to start as any. Thanks for giving me the idea. If you have anything else you think might be worth a look, let me know.

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