Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) is a bespoke client-server platform to protect your desktop and laptops from various vulnerabilities. It is also a perfect solution to keep servers in your network safe from malware and cyber-attacks. The main strengths of Symantec Endpoint Protection come with the fact that it combines virus protection with leading threat protection that will proactively defend your system against the most common and uncommon threats.
SEP is incredibly good at detecting viruses, worms, and adware and guarantees that no such attack will penetrate your system. As an established top-notch security system, SEP also provides protection against more subtle attacks such as rootkits, spyware, and zero-day attacks, that usually overcome standard security measures.
Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 administers low maintenance and high power, provides easy to deploy, and uses management options and finally, it communicates with your network to automatically and systematically protect both your physical and virtual systems against cyber-attacks.
There are two main product components that come with this package: Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager and Symantec Endpoint Protection client. The first is the management server that manages client computers connected to your network, whereas the latter is a device-local security system to protect your devices from viruses and malware.
What’s new in Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1?
The following paragraph briefly describes what’s new in this version of Symantec Endpoint Protection. It is important to note that 12.1.5 is the last release update that supports Symantec Protection Centre 2.0 as well as the fact that LiveUpdate Administration Utility 1.0 had reached its end of life so you should migrate to LiveUpdate Administrator 2.x or above.
- Integrates OpenSSL 1.0.1h – The Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager included in the version of this security platform now comes with OpenSSL 1.0.1h. The difference between the old OpenSSL and this one is that, 1.0.1h addresses several security issues that were problem before. For example, the famous Heartbleed attack that could exposes sensitive information from your network to remote attackers have been fully covered.
- Power Eraser Protection Feature – Symantec Endpoint Protection configured for Windows clients provides a few additional enhancements such as Power Eraser. This tool provides systematic aggressive scanning for already heavily infected Windows systems. Note that however additional settings must be configured from the SymHelp tool in order to allow the Power Eraser to examine user-specific locations.
- Advanced Network Threat Protection – This version of SEP allows the user to manually define a host group with an IPv6 addresses. The default firewall policy implements the default Allow ICMPv6 firewall rule, however you can also add additional rules with ICMPv6 as a protocol in network service lists.
- Policy enforcement – Symantec Endpoint Protection now also includes the Host Integrity policy. Essentially it evaluates the client computers and guarantees that they meet the security policies that you have configured on those computers.
- Client password settings – The client password protection bar is now situated in a more accessible location (Clients>Policies>Password Settings) and provides a few extra features. You can now enable password protection for all your clients globally and the password settings can now be access from the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager.
- Management server integration – Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 adopts a brand-new version of IT Analytics, that is fully compatible with the most commonly used browsers and mobile devices. IT Analytics provides advanced reporting options and query capability, for those who require more specific reporting than what Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager can provide.
- Documentation improvements – All main PDF files can now be found on the Technical Support website, which should greatly help anyone that is new to the system. Any other documents for specific tools remain in the same folders as the tools associated with them.
What Features Do You Receive With Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 - 5 User?
The following bullet points depict some key features and tasks that SEP implements to keep your network safe:
- Symantec Endpoint Protection uses layers to defend your endpoints from attacks and helps to maximize your system’s uptime. This layered approach guarantees that SEP protects your network both before, during, and after an attack minimizing any potential threats.
- Symantec Endpoint Protection enforces protection compliance and policies on your endpoints. Even though you may need to set these manually, this technique helps organizations to enforce data protection against identity theft.
- Symantec Endpoint Protection responds to any malware and therefore quickly responds to them by removing them from endpoints.
- A key feature of SEP is the fact that it systematically monitors and tracks risk exposure in your network regardless of the type of environment: physical, virtual, or hybrid.
- This version of Symantec Endpoint Protection comes with five client access licenses that would allow you to install the platform on five different systems. Note that this package provides instant download and does not require a physical copy of the product.
Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 - 5 User for Windows
- Windows Operating System: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2012 (32/64 bit or R2), Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011
- Browser: Mozilla Firefox 5.x or latest, Google Chrome 42.0 or latest
- Memory: 2GB
- Hard Disk: 1GB disk space or more
- Computer Processor: Intel Pentium Dual-Core or more
- Display: 1024*768 or larger
Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 - 5 User for Mac
- Windows Operating System: Mac OS X 10.11, Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6.8, Mac OS X Server 10.9, Mac OS X Server 10.8, Mac OS X Server 10.7, Mac OS X Server 10.6, macOS 10.12
- Display 800x600 resolutions or higher
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Hard Disk: 500 MB
- Computer Processor: 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo or higher