Microsoft Malware Protection for Everyone

When it comes to protecting computers, either you should protect your own computer or you should protect your computer and other people’s computers. When you are protecting other people’s computer it is important to know how to manage them, especially when you are in charge of managing several users and PCs across a large organization. Protection here refers to protecting against Virus, Worm, Trojan, Spyware, Adware and other Malware.  Using Microsoft technology that is possible, no matter how large or complex is your organization, technologies are:

 

Microsoft Security Essentials: If you want to protect your own PC or your family PC, it is a great product. The good news is that it is totally free. There no such thing as free edition and paid edition and there is no limitation of service in Microsoft Security Essentials. If you been using some of free edition Anti-Virus, you might notice that they would give you a free edition, but they offer you to upgrade to paid edition for better protection and there are features in paid edition that are not available in free edition. In Microsoft Security Essentials the story is different, there no such free edition and paid edition of Microsoft Security Essentials it is all free. If you get into trouble and you face a difficult issue, then there is a free technical support for Microsoft Security Essentials. It is a peace of mind, you won’t get any message to offer you upgrade to paid version, because there no such paid version of Microsoft Security Essentials. For small business with up to 10 PCs, you could install Microsoft Security Essentials. For more information about Microsoft Security Essentials visit:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials

 

 

Windows Intune Endpoint Protection: You might ask that how about organization that running more than 10 PCs, well in that case you should consider to use different product (other than Microsoft Security Essentials), it is Windows Intune Endpoint Protection. It is part of Windows Intune; Windows Intune is a cloud-base PC management solution. What it means that you could use Windows Intune to manage large number of PCs in term of update, security, policy and others, by using a browser. It means that you could turn on you PC or Laptop and connect to internet and then login with your Windows Intune account and then manage all PCs in your environment. In term of Windows Intune Endpoint Protection it is very similar to Microsoft Security Essentials in term of interface and Malware protection and features, the big different is that, using Microsoft Security Essentials it is standalone product. Which means that if you want to manage your own PC and get report from your own PC it is fine, but let say you are managing hundreds of PC and you want to check what Malware infect your clients, if you use Microsoft Security Essentials, you have to go to each PC one by one and ask them to open history and write down name of Malware or ask you employee to send their name by email and do you think that everyone would do that? And if that was the case, you have to count them all to see what Malware are mostly infect your employee and read description and make decision about ways to protecting them. Such process would takes around months.  But using Windows Intune it is only few minutes , just open management dashboard and you would see latest Malware that been detect and you could also see which PCs been update and you have control over all PCs in your organization. Windows Intune is more that just protection you’re PC, it is about managing other people’s PC and take control over security of your organization. For more information visit:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windowsintune/pc-management.aspx

 

 

System Center Endpoint Protection: You might think that it is something new and you haven’t heard about it. Well, if you know about Forefront Endpoint Protection, it is upcoming version of Forefront Endpoint Protection. This product is similar to Windows Intune Endpoint Protection in term of managing large organization’s PC. However, there are some differences in term of management. In Windows Intune, you don’t need to setup anything special, all you need is an internet connection and create an account and login to a website and do some deployment and then just by visit a website manage your organization’s PC. What is happening in Windows Intune is that Microsoft Datacenter is involved in managing your endpoints. Basically, there are some configuration that required to manage PCs and all of them been done in Microsoft Datacenter and you need to do small task to be read to manage your PC. There might be a case that your organization won’t allow anything outside your datacenter, then you could use System Center Endpoint Protection, you have to do more jobs to setup things and manage your environment and also you could create some other customize task and options that might not be available in Windows Intune . Basically, if your organization is very large and complex you could consider using System Center Endpoint Protection. If you are familiar with cloud computing, Windows Intune is Public Cloud and System Center Endpoint Protection is Private Cloud. For more information take a look at:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/system-center/endpoint-protection-2012.aspx

 

 

As you can see you have many options when it comes to endpoint protection and protection against Virus, Worm, Trojan, Spyware, Adware and other Malware. When you want to choose which solution you have to choose consider these factors:

 

1) Is managing PCs important for you?

2) What is my expectation of security?

3) How complex is my environment?

4) Do I need public cloud or private cloud or both?

5) What reports do I need?

6) What policy should I apply in my PC?

 

 

And you could come up with your own questions and take a look at your organization’s policy and always remember that instead of thinking about which one is cheaper, think about which one would bring me highest return of investment in long term. A protect might look expensive in beginning but if you look at it for a long time, you will see it is very cheap. A good product will act like another IT Staff that sit with you and help you to do complex task and simplify complexity.

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