Consumer antivirus might work but it’s difficult to manage. We are big fans of centrally managed security software for even the smallest of businesses. It gives us an opportunity to centralise policies for clients, push out updates and review security issues as they happen.
So what to buy?
Microsoft’s Built-in AV
This one is free. It has been garnering more support lately with independent labs. The problem is that there is no way to ensure compliance outside of a corporate licensing setup. Seems great, not great in exectution.
Our premier offering for AV and endpoint security is load with options. It’s detection rates are excellent but we sometimes have problems with its over-vigilance. So: good piece of software but not for everyone.
Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud
This security suite is a solid solution for companies where they have onsite management. The US government says that you shouldn’t use this. Independent labs say otherwise. We have stopped recommending this for a different reason though: its management is clunky.
We use this one, as do a lot of managed service providers. It’s easy to integrate and manage, it’s light on resources and it’s at a solid price point. Unfortunately, it uses a different type of detection engine and, while it’s normally solid, its absence from major virus testing labs doesn’t build confidence.
More soon! We’ll update this page shortly.