Microsoft Windows Defender vs. Symantec Endpoint Protection

Microsoft Windows Defender is ranked 8th in Endpoint Protection vs Symantec Endpoint Protection which is ranked 1st in Endpoint Protection with 24 reviews. The top reviewer of Symantec Endpoint Protection writes "You can deploy it to Windows, Mac, and Linux with one console to cover all three". Microsoft Windows Defender is most compared with Symantec Endpoint Protection, Sophos EPP Suite and ESET Endpoint Security. Symantec Endpoint Protection is most compared with Microsoft Windows Defender, McAfee Complete Endpoint Protection and ESET Endpoint Security.
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It is the better product, even if it is a little on the higher side.Licensing is per user. Therefore, it makes it easy to do licensing.What we have paid for this product is good value for the work and the services that they are providing to us.Regarding the licensing, it was important negotiate a long contract to get a more attractive price, including advanced support in case of crisis.I’d say SEP deserves the money.

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Rhea Rapps
Martin CarnegieConsultant

Between Symantec and Defender, the best of the two is Symantec for detections and false/positive rates.

Couple sites to check
https://www.av-test.org/en/
https://www.av-comparatives.org/dynamic-tests/

One thing you will notice is that the first site does not even consider Defender as a corporate solution, so take that for what it is.

One thing I will say about Symantec is the horrendous support. I find that every ticket I work on is pure frustration. Tickets are closed without actually solving the problem, constant debating around what the issue is and what the solution is. It has been driving me nuts!

But that being said, the product is fairly easy to manage and has kept us pretty clean. Our worst issue is spear-phishing attacks, but these cannot be prevented by malware software that well.

Symantec does offer a cloud connection for the agents now. My big issue right now is that you cannot have an internally managed server connect to the cloud (or reverse) to provide information in a consolidated view. I am told that this is coming though. I could move everything to the cloud I guess, but that is something for the future.

13 February 18
Bruce BadingUser

Symantec Endpoint Protection and Windows Defender both have their strong points. Microsoft has made great progress in its free edition of Windows Defender in Windows 7 and improved version in Windows 10. Its no cost feature is its strong point. Symantec Endpoint Protection is a purchased product, but the cost is worth the price. SEP is always near or at the top of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant both in execution and completeness of vision. In my 25 years as an IBM lead security engineer, I observed that SEP was chosen by IBM to protect its mobile workforce and also was the leader in Endpoint Protection chosen by the world’s largest banks, retailers and organizations. Powered by Sonar and now a Machine Learning Cloud interface in SEP 14.1, it is in most expert’s options the leader in Endpoint Protection.

My current experiences have also show that Symantec detects a far greater number of the zero-day threats than Windows Defender. However, the number of zero-day threats that can bypass the total of all anti-virus solutions has risen in recent years and the problem is that even though solutions such as SEP 14.1 are moving to machine learning detection engines, the number of data breaches continues to increase exponentially as the malicious actors are beginning to use AI to create and distribute Advanced Persistent Threats and it is a lucrative industry being run by organizations with a corporate structure mimicking the actual corporate structures of legitimate business.

Today only a holistic approach toward a foundational implantation of fundamental security controls at all levels will decrease the growing number of data breaches, reputational damage and monetary losses. Threat Hunting is the new norm and every organization should look beyond Endpoint Protection to an early detection and reduction in infection time by implementing an advanced Threat Hunting posture. Beyond that, Governance, Risk Management, Compliance and an increase in security awareness from the boardroom to the ground floor is making the more mature organizations leaner, agiler and less likely to suffer a data breach.

13 February 18
Sean AkersReal User

Neither. Go for Sophos. I've used Sophos for many years without any trouble. It is good at protection, easy to use and admin. Although it is quite big, it has minimal effect on performance and has a pretty small running footprint.

I have experience of Symantec and McAfee an have found both of them to be less than ideal. Both products having a noticeable impact on endpoint performance and reliability. Also their management tools are not as intuitive IMV as those provided by Sophos.

Windows Defender just doesn't provide the complete protection of the commercial products. My current employer relied on it to their cost. We now run Sophos.

13 February 18
Muneer BaigReal User

I will agree with Migo, choosing a solution without knowing the environment and what you are dealing with as per the operating systems and applications is not a good idea. In order to have the right solution one must first evaluate the environment, selecting the solution based upon ones liking will result in a vulnerable environment.

14 February 18
Richard BenfattoUser

Good afternoon and thanks for allowing me to put a grain of salt.

In summary, Symantec Endpoint Protection is the only of the two products that will protect more. The MS solution is useless. Believe me, I had many customers infected by relying on this. Symantec product is a conglomerate of protections together, including the firewall and application control (inheritance when they purchased Sygate, a highly respected firewall for the enterprise market, in those days).
Symantec, (not to be confused with the Norton product they have, which is a dog) with its Endpoint Protection enables protection against DNS
poisoning, MAC address spoofing, and many other features. It can also be centrally controlled and would cut off any machines in a network that
might get infected.

The choice is easy, Symantec.

14 February 18
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Also Known AsWindows Defender, Microsoft System Center Endpoint ProtectionSymantec AntiVirus
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Overview
OverviewWindows Defender Pro is your first line of defense against spyware and other unwanted software. And in Windows 7, it's easier to use, with simpler notifications, more scanning options, and less impact on your computer's performance.

Symantec Endpoint Protection is a powerful endpoint antivirus software solution, which provides multiple layers of protection against all types of known and unknown threats. Powered by SONAR and Symantec Insight, Symantec Endpoint Protection combines all the security tools that you could require into one proactive solution.

It integrates antivirus, firewall, antispyware, intrusion prevention, application control and device control, and allows you to manage all of these tools centrally from one agent. Upgrades happen automatically, and the software offers seamless migration from previous versions.

This solution maximizes the security and performance of physical and virtual systems, and is compatible with multiple operating systems, such as Windows, Mac and Linux. Symantec Endpoint Protection is recommended for environments with more than 250 users.

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Sample CustomersAl-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Auckland Transport, Erste Bank Group, Urban Software Institute, NJVC, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Audio Visual Dynamics, Red Deer Advocate, Asia Pacific Telecom Co. Ltd., Kibbutz Ein Gedi, and AMETEK, Inc.
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