McAfee Endpoint Security Review

Good reporting and compliance. Easy to administer.


What is most valuable?

McAfee Endpoint Protection is a a good product that's easy to administer. It provides endpoint protection for desktops, laptops, and servers, and the protection includes anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-spam, DLP, and encryption.

How has it helped my organization?

We're less affected by viruses and threats on end-user device, able to manage all endpoints from a centralized server across locations. We're also able to encrypt sensitive laptops with ease. Very good reporting and compliance to endpoints.

What needs improvement?

It needs much better control on zero-day viruses and easier submission of threats to McAfee. They also need to improve the DLP rules since loads of false positives and patch releases are not quick enough when a new OS hits the market. Because of this, there are incompatibility issues which cause slowness on end-user devices.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for five years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Deployment of agents and products to end-user machines is straightforward and easy. The basic McAfee ePO deployment is not easy and you need good knowledge in SQL and servers.

Patch release is not fast when there is a new OS on the market, so compatibility issues will come and can cause slowness on end-user devices. For example, I had a tough time when Windows 10 was released and the devices were not protected for a month, which is not advisable.

The upgrade of the new ePO from older versions always have issues and need support from McAfee engineers all the time. In a span of three years, we had upgraded three times and all three times were difficult. But the engineers were good enough and at the end of the day, they fixed it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We had no issues with the stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We had no issues with the scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Excellent 8.5/10

Technical Support:

9/10 - Very fast support and engineers have good knowledge of the products. They show patience in understanding the issues before taking any action/recommendations, which I personally appreciate. They also have an escalation matrix that provides for faster response time depending on issue severity.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used Symantec, not happy with their support and was facing lots of performance issues.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is complex as loads of communication (ports between server, clients and locations) has to be done, making setup difficult. You need a good engineer who has knowledge of SQL, database, servers, and firewalls.

What about the implementation team?

Our environment was a mix. I prefer to do it with a vendor and Intel Support.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing was good and licensing is on a per-user basis, so it's flexible. All the products will work, but only AV signatures will stop downloading.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Kaspersky and Trend Micro.

What other advice do I have?

Always test on all environments and different OS's before deploying into production, especially VSE, DLP, and encryption.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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