Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) Review

Centralized management, support, and customization of polices are important for us


What is our primary use case?

It's an antivirus solution. We need something centralized because we have hundreds of desktops and laptops. We have taken this solution to manage antivirus, security, etc., all together.

How has it helped my organization?

Symantec, as an antivirus solution, makes things far better on the management and the vulnerability scanning sides. From a management point of view, it is good.

What is most valuable?

The fact that it has centralized management is the most valuable feature.

In addition, the support from Symantec is very important. It is a global company and they give very good support. That is an important factor here because we are sitting in Africa and getting support on time can be a bit tougher. In this way, Symantec is a good fit for us.

Also, the console is very user-friendly. It is easy to understand, easy to play with it, easy to make up policies. And you can customize your policies. It's not like there's a set of policies that has been set out. Other products also have this kind of feature, but it is more user-friendly and a better product with better support.

What needs improvement?

We have talked to Symantec about a feature that is lacking. Any external device which is inserted into a computer should be subject to an auto-scan policy, to automatically scan it before accepting the device. Let's say I have a pen drive and there is a Trojan virus for which the signature is not updated. If the signature is not updated, then the system should automatically scan and understand that there is a foreign file and it should be blocked immediately. That is the one feature that I feel is missing. They need to make it more user-friendly, so that when anyone puts in a USB stick it will be scanned, popping up any problems before it is used. This is a feature they need to work on, in my opinion.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

For us, scalability is fine, there is no problem, no restriction, other than we cannot go beyond our licenses. If we are extending it, of course we need to pay for it. But it's not like something is restricting or blocking it. The scalability is okay. We have connected more than 1,200 computers and they are working well.

We have one staff member who maintains the solution. He is our network security guy and he is also Symantec-certified. We also have second-level support from Symantec. If anything is needed we get support from them. We pay them yearly for that.

Right now, we don't have plans to increase our usage of the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is fine, no problem.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. I don't think it is complex. I have long experience as a system administrator. For me, as a technical person, it was straightforward. We definitely took support from Symantec and they helped us a lot in the deployment process.

Since it was a long time back, I don't remember exactly how long the deployment took. We keep updating it now. But I don't think it took more than three working days, including deployment and automating installation for all the workstations. We shifted from another antivirus to this one.

What about the implementation team?

We had help from Symantec and their partners.

What was our ROI?

We have definitely seen return on investment.

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

We pay on a yearly basis and have a three-year contract.

What other advice do I have?

Understand your environment and what kind of security product you're looking for. Every environment has different requirements. Everybody has different kinds of file formats and data classifications.

For Symantec is a good product for our environment. It helps us a lot. It provides seamless operation. It's not like we have to intervene every day. People are monitoring and, if they find a machine that is not working or not connected, they create a remote connection to see what the problem is and to fix it.

We are using Symantec Enterprise, but you have new threats coming into the world market and you definitely have to be up to date. We found information on IT Central Station and we set up a comparison of the technologies.

Every antivirus, in my experience, is only successful 95 percent of the time. No antivirus can tell you that you are 100 percent protected. The important part is how the backend works. If the backend is giving you support, they answer immediately and help you, that is important. In that way, Symantec is a good product and we are happy with it.

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