McAfee Complete Data Protection Competitors and Alternatives

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Jos-Katengwa
Information Technology Specialist at Calculus system
Real User
Top 20
Nov 30, 2019
A cost-effective solution to protect data from physical theft, but the encryption process is slow

What is our primary use case?

I am a solution provider in Congo and I propose products such as Microsoft BitLocker to my customers. My clients use this solution to protect their data in cases where computers are stolen. In this region, theft of computers from companies is quite common and the data that is stored needs to be protected.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the TPM (Trusted Platform Module), which makes the PC security stronger because somebody who is not from the team cannot access the PC without the decryption PIN."
  • "If the encryption was faster then it would make the experience more pleasant."

What other advice do I have?

The encryption solution was not something that I was really informed about, but I decided to study it and then propose it to my customers. I propose two different deployment models; the cloud and on-premises. The internet connection fees here are expensive, so many people prefer to deploy on-site. My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to have a good idea of what they want to do, prepare for it, and go for it. It is not really complex, yet it is a very rich solution to deploy. The biggest lesson that I have learned from using Microsoft BitLocker is that it can help a lot of…
MajidKhaki
CEO/IT Manager at rahaco
Real User
Top 20
Jan 28, 2020
It is easy to recommend this product as a solid product for clients seeking a security solution

What is our primary use case?

We are a solutions provider. We make recommendations to people and companies concerning virtualization solutions, server solutions, file sharing and things of this nature. So we also need to protect servers or client machines or PCs and so often we need to recommend the purchase of some antivirus solutions. McAfee is one of the solutions we use in our recommendations.

Pros and Cons

  • "The product provides us with an excellent, dependable solution to recommend to clients for their security needs."
  • "The product uses a lot of resources and because of this it is not always a good solution for every situation."

What other advice do I have?

Advice that I would give to others looking into implementing this solution is the same as when our customers ask us for any kind of security solution. We almost always recommended that they go with McAfee. McAfee is a great choice for most cases. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate McAfee Total Protection for Data as a nine out of ten. It is very good except for the resource drain.
PAOLO JONATHAN
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at CROSSWORLD SOLUTIONSTECHNOLOGIES COROPORATION
Real User
Top 20
Feb 16, 2021
It has tiered administration and normal features of an encryption tool, but it is tough to manage and deploy and tedious to use for encryption

Pros and Cons

  • "One place where I can give them top level is the tiered administration, whereby you can assign roles to the support team to say, "You would be responsible for changing passwords. You would be responsible for system management and configurations, and you are the major admin of this." They have that on lockdown. The active directory integration is also pretty okay. It is not so bad. It does have normal features that most of the encryption tools have, such as full-disk encryption, volume encryption, and external drive encryption. I am not sure if they do file-level encryption and if DLP is integrated with the encryption product. I would like to assume that these features are there."
  • "It is not working properly for us because of which we had to decrypt all our encryptions. I have not used it much, and based on what I have heard, it is very tough to manage. Managing this system is not as easy as it should be. The central management is awful, and the encryption process is tedious. There are too many issues with even recovering passwords. Its ease of deployment is awful. Their support needs to be improved. It is just my fifth week working with this organization, and since I got here, it has been about, "Oh! We have these issues with Dell, and it is not working properly. It is so hard to work with, and please get on with the support team so we can get this resolved as soon as possible." To get the support on the phone is usually a big problem, and by the time they call you back and tell you it is going to take, for instance, about an hour, we end up spending like four hours, and we don't get anything done. The firm has finally decided that Dell is not going to be the way to go. We are now exploring other encryption products. In terms of new features, it should have cloud tenancy encryption. Everything is moving to the cloud, and it would be cool if the next version of Dell encryption can offer that. Based on my research, it seems that a few solutions can do that right now, particularly the McAfee Complete Protection suites. It would be good if Dell can also move away from on-prem. The solution that we're working with is an on-prem solution. I don't know if it is available in the cloud, but it would be good if they can make it available in the cloud. This probably would also help with the cloud tenancy encryption. Another feature that I would've loved them to have is for the passphrase self-recovery for a user. Such a feature would reduce some bit of burden on the help desk team. Currently, people forget their passphrase every single week, and they have to get to the help desk to reset their password. It would have been pretty cool if a passphrase self-recovery option was available for a user."

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Dell Encryption Enterprise a seven out of ten. It is not totally bad. It is quite cumbersome to work with, and it is not as simple as it should be. Its backend is a lot to deal with.
Amit-Gawade
Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Oct 10, 2020
It doesn't hamper the performance and is well integrated with Symantec Messaging Gateway and Symantec DLP

What is our primary use case?

We use it on laptops and desktops. We use it for email, file and folder, and command-line encryption depending upon the customer's needs. We are a service provider for Symantec products. We also use it in our company. We have around 50 to 60 users.

Pros and Cons

  • "Disk encryption and file and folder encryption are the most valuable and used features. It is also very well integrated with Symantec Messaging Gateway and Symantec DLP, which is helpful in protecting any kind of information that goes outside. Symantec DLP catches an email and sends it to the encryption server. The encryption server encrypts the email and intimates to the user that confidential information is being sent out. The administrator can then take appropriate action."
  • "Its remote deployment should be improved. Currently, there is no remote deployment for Symantec Endpoint Encryption. You have to install it manually. There are some issues with AD integration and the time taken to reflect a password on the Endpoint Encryption Manager when a new user has changed the password, but they are already working on these issues, and these will be resolved in the next release."

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this solution. I have seen a lot of endpoint encryption products, and Symantec is the best because it doesn't hamper the performance of the machine. If you use McAfee, it hampers the performance of the machine. I would rate Symantec Endpoint Encryption an eight out of ten. Right now, there is an issue going on with their support. That's why I'm not giving it a ten out of ten.
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