McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection
If we offered a prize for the most improved software, McAfee’s Security as a Service (SaaS) Endpoint Protection would surely win it. While the version we tested last year could deal with barely half of the live threats we threw at it, we’re glad to report that the latest version offers markedly better protection. Out of 100 threats it successfully defended against 90, and neutralised a further five before they could gain a foothold. In this year’s tests the software was compromised five times, whereas last year it was compromised a shocking 47 times.
The improved protection is hugely encouraging news, as we’re quite keen on most of SaaS’ other features. Rather than relying on a locally-installed management console, SaaS is configured from a web-based management interface, with the installation details stored in McAfee’s cloud servers. This has multiple advantages; administrators can monitor, configure or scan their computers from anywhere they have web access, with any changes or commands rolled out automatically to all associated machines.
As with the other packages we tested, we struggled to push out installations to client PCs from within the SaaS web interface, suggesting that there was an issue with the configuration of Active Directory on our test network rather than a problem with the McAfee feature. As an alternative, McAfee gives subscribers a unique client download link which provides an easy way to start the install from each computer, automatically configuring clients so that they inherit the correct settings and appear in the console beside your other computers.
McAfee’s console is well presented and comprehensive, offering a dashboard with useful graphical widgets to show the protection and detection status at a glance. Computers start with McAfee’s default protection policy, but you can create one or more new policies containing stricter or more lenient settings, and assign them to different groups of computers if needed.
Source: ExpertReviews.co.uk – Software