Sophos updating policy comparison failure

At the end of May 2013, ITS will no longer provide or support Sophos Anti-Virus on personally owned computers.This means that faculty, staff, and students will have to remove Sophos and acquire their own anti-virus software to protect their computers.A list of alternative options, including free anti-virus products, is available at the Anti-Virus Software page.

You see, from my point of view, I need to know how my entire infrastructure is handling security events and making sure all devices have protection. I’ve been told they are working on an API to make it better, but I am not known to purchase based on “future roadmaps”. but the best reports are ones that we can create ourselves. Had I not already been spoiled by EPO’s great features, I would have jumped on it.

Out-of-the-box reports are great, but not when you are slicing and dicing data looking for something. Another piece, albeit small but still powerful, is the ability to search by username. I am eager to see what Intel’s purchase of Mc Afee has planned for them.

If someone is having a problem, it is so easy to just search for their username, and pull up their system and all policies and events associated with them. Setting policies at a root level, and having those policies trickle down to sub-groups, are a great way to be efficient and manage them.

I’m still bothered of the fact that Sophos found items that Mc Afee didn’t.

This change is being made for a variety of technical reasons and to ease some of the troubles involved in updating Norse Keys, which could lead to a computer being vulnerable to viruses. ITS has created the Sophos Removal Tool to simplify the process of removing Sophos from personally owned computers.

We recommend that you use this tool first before proceeding to other steps.

The launch of Mc Afee Endpoint Protection Essential for SMBs, which begins at .65 per license per year, introduces a redesigned client agent and management console user interface (UI) with the goal of making security administration easier for small to midsize businesses (SMBs).

I just finished up with a comparative study of Sophos and Mc Afee. Sophos actually detected mal-ware that my existing Mc Afee implementations did not, and it is extremely fast. USB Device lockouts and blocking of wireless bridging). I still have not yet found E-Policy Orchestrator’s equal.

If I were to have picked my favorites of Sophos it would be: 1). Mc Afee only updates once per day (Monday – Friday), and this really failed when a buggy update shutdown XP systems in 2010. Scanning engine is incredibly fast, and smaller memory footprint (compared to Mc Afee). It’s central management system is still a great policy interface.

I was asked by a sales rep, “What is the most important thing an antivirus product must do, in a manager’s eyes”.

Well, that question backfired, as my answer was “Good reporting and management”. for the business….”, I would have answered, “catch malware”. Overall, Sophos is really a great client and overall system.

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