McAfee’s endpoint protection suites include the ability to manage in-house, remote, virtual and mobile endpoints. The company also offers an endpoint suite for managing Macs. To protect mobile endpoints such as laptops, McAfee provides full disk encryption so that even the information on stolen and lost laptops is secure.
Although you will need to consult the complete list of compatible endpoints for specifics, the software works with Windows-based PCs, Windows servers, Mac computers, VMware, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, SQL Servers and FreeBSD platforms. McAfee provides a full range of business products; for the purpose of this review, we looked at the Endpoint Protection Suite software version. The company also provides suites specifically created for financial services, health care companies and the public sector.
The ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO), which is the McAfee administration console, can manage most common endpoints, such as workstations, virtual machines, file servers, exchange servers, tablets, mobile phones, clustered servers and employee-owned devices. The McAfee endpoint security suite provides administrators with the ePO, which can control endpoint security, as well as data loss prevention (DLP) tools. From the control console, managers can deploy security software, control devices, manage policies, run reports, push global updates and manage issues. To help administrators save time, the ePO can import active directory containers, detect new endpoints, save permission groups, duplicate tasks, create dashboards and configure automated responses. Security updates can also be throttled to conserve resources when deploying updates.
A few features we looked for, which are not necessarily security related but would help admins secure data, include backup tools. ePO does not manage scheduled backups, so that has to be handled via another method. The software does not perform hardware or (non-McAfee) software audits to log outdated versions, which may introduce security risks. In addition, admins cannot remotely wipe the drives of stolen laptops. McAfee encrypts disks to protect compromised data instead.
To ensure that it has created the correct endpoint package for your business, McAfee offers professional consulting to not only help you select software, but also to assist you with creating policies to best protect your business. The company’s professional services also include classroom training on advanced topics, emergency onsite assistance, onsite consultations and a dedicated account manager. McAfee offers support plans ranging from standard business to resident enterprise support.
McAfee provides configurable endpoint protection for all types of endpoints and can manage strict compliance policies that medical, financial and government agencies are required to enforce. The ePO can manage a large volume of endpoints, run complex queries and streamline IT tasks. If your company enforces strict web usage policies and is large enough to have a Windows server to run the admin console, McAfee will be proficient at controlling your endpoint security.
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