Cloud Antivirus Management – Benefits and Comparison

Posted on 23rd August 2013 by
Ash


The ever-increasing availability of faster, wireless network access, wirelessly enabled laptops and other devices are turning the traditional office into an un-tethered workspace that can happen just about anywhere, any time. But all this poses new challenges for businesses who must monitor and secure the online interactions of these distributed and roaming workers.

Conventionally in a business environment most antivirus are managed by a local server. However as recent trend, Cloud antivirus has also been introduced to this field by most of the major players like Kaspersky, Symantec and Sophos.

One major benefit of cloud antivirus is that would eliminate the need to manage hardware and software on site and bring down the cost long term.

We have compared two leading cloud antivirus in the table below:

Products\Provider Symantec Cloud AV Sophos Cloud
Deployment via Active Directory Yes – MSI No – EXE
Deployment via Email Yes Yes
Online portal Yes Yes
Malware protection Yes Yes
Removable media monitoring Yes Yes
Multi administrator Yes Yes
Installation & Configuration Good Good
Data Protection Best Good
Performance Good Very Good
Technical Support Very Good Good
Package size 446MB Online Installer 13MB
Symantec Online cloud portal

Symantec Online cloud portal