CRN Analysis: McAfee Tops Symantec for Endpoint Protection

By on May 14, 2013

This week, CRN pitted McAfee and Symantec head-to-head, evaluating both leading enterprise protection vendors for malware and spyware protection, intrusion prevention, channel profitability and more.

The result? While Symantec continues to have a strong portfolio, McAfee came out on top for its central policy management through ePolicy Orchestrator, innovation with hardware-based security technologies, and its profitable McAfee Channels program!

Here’s a quick rundown of McAfee’s top-mark capabilities:


According to CRN, McAfee’s strengths lie in McAfee SiteAdvisor Enterprise, which can be configured by administrators to block access to malicious websites. In addition, McAfee provides behavioral protection to prevent buffer overflow and zero-day attacks. We’re also working closely with McAfee on new hardware-based security defenses, demonstrating “a desire to grow beyond traditional signature-based technologies to detect advanced threats.”

Security Management Console

ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO), McAfee’s core management console, provides unparalleled scalability, policy management and reporting capabilities that make it simple to get security right. In addition, Real Time for McAfee ePO collects McAfee endpoint security product status instantly, providing real-time visibility that enables organizations to quickly identify and remediate under-protected and noncompliant endpoints.


As CRN states, “McAfee partners swear by the company’s SafeBoot foundation.” McAfee Endpoint Encryption solutions use industry-leading algorithms and offer multiple layers of data protection, allowing organizations to transparently secure a broader scope of confidential information without system performance degradation.

Channel Program

The endpoint market is projected to grow from $3.8B in 2012 to $4.88B in 2017, according to the IDC. Real Time for ePO and real time intelligence is something no other security vendor can provide, just one of McAfee’s competitive displacement endpoint security opportunities.

Channel View

Symantec partners interviewed by CRN noted that McAfee’s program is less complex and in many cases provides higher margins and is more profitable.  McAfee’s flexible SecurityAlliance program enables resellers to jump-start sales, and provides detailed training, education, and support to boost knowledge of McAfee security technology – ensuring partners meet their customers’ needs for a secure network.

The Bottom Line

#1 in endpoint protection, McAfee protects where others fail. In addition to this most recent analysis from CRN, NSS Labs ranked McAfee as the leader against day zero exploit and evasion attacks. AV Test also measured 100% protection against stealthy attacks using McAfee Deep Defender, while West Coast Labs shows McAfee Application Control provides 100% malware protection with very low system overhead.

Numbers don’t lie, and McAfee’s comprehensive, tailored solutions are proven to reduce complexity to achieve multi-layer endpoint defense that won’t impact productivity.

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