Security has always been an important part of computer networks and even more so now. Viruses and Malware are getting more sneaky. We’ve noticed them residing in vulnerable hosts, infiltrating bona fide websites and infecting users when browsing “legitimate” websites – even with more robust browsers such as Firefox.
Recently, RatwareUK changed our Anti-Virus provider from Sophos to ESET. We’ve been partnered with Sophos for a while and had never been fully satisfied with their network deployment routine from a technical perspective.
The Sophos Management Console appears a little too simplistic and with this simplicity comes a large operating directory and a hungry appetite for RAM – which you wouldn’t expect from a tiny interface. Also, when pushing the Sophos AV clients to network machines, we’d noticed that sometimes it just wouldn’t work and the event-logging mechanism doesn’t provide enough detail to diagnose the fault.
ESET, on the other hand, has proven to be superb, time and time again and even on older networks with multi-OS environments and system architecture. The installation procedure is more time-consuming and more in-depth. But it’s this detail and rigour which leaves the system admin thinking; “This is going to work, and if it doesn’t, I’ll understand enough about the procedures to resolve any errors”.
ESET is also cheaper and it claims excellent results in virus defence – http://www.eset.com/business/why-eset .