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2019-03-11T07:21:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What advice do you have for others considering Symantec Endpoint Encryption?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Symantec Endpoint Encryption, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Faisal Mian - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at ABM Info. tech
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-11-17T01:00:32Z
17 November 21

In terms of encryption, we do deployments in the region on behalf of Symantec. We have Symantec DLP for almost 20,000 plus users. We have the messaging gateway from Symantec and we have SSL certification and issue verification from Symantec. We also have Blue Coat from Symantec, which we keep selling to our clients. I'd rate the solution at a seven out of ten.

JW
Forensic Technology Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-08-13T12:44:37Z
13 August 21

Up until last year, I was using the latest version of the solution. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. I would recommend the solution to other users and organizations.

AS
Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2021-06-15T20:32:29Z
15 June 21

I'm in Nigeria, and we also serve Ghana, Sierra Leone, Kenya, and a bit of South Africa. Whenever you're deploying security solutions such as Symantec Endpoint Encryption, there has to be a lot more focus on sensitizing the people who are going to be affected. We train the IT staff on how to manage it, but we don't train the end-users on what it involves and the advantages of the solution. We also don't inform them of the changes they may have to make in terms of their behavior, how they access data, how they use the data, etc. We need to let them know that it doesn't mean that they are completely secure. The biggest issue about security is human error. So, I think sensitizing the users should also go hand in hand with deployment. I would rate Symantec Endpoint Encryption at eight on a scale from one to ten.

TG
Specialist: Data Centre Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-05-17T14:26:45Z
17 May 21

This is absolutely a product that I recommend. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

KW
Project Engineer (Engineer II) at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-04-29T19:47:17Z
29 April 21

We are a customer and end-user. I'm not sure which version of the solution I'm using. It's not the latest one. I understand the latest one will be able to go page Windows - which we also partnered with. The problem is not all our machines are on the latest version. We are looking to see if we switch to the latest one. In a few years, Microsoft will likely change to a new version again. Then we will be having the same problem again. It's best to align with Microsoft so that we do not have to do so many changes. Not catching up with Windows is also a risk currently due to the Microsoft Edge issue now. Without the latest Windows version, we cannot use the latest Edge version. I'd rate the solution at a five out of ten overall. It works okay, however, the switching part and initial setup make it an undesirable option for us.

JV
Manager at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
2021-02-09T17:21:14Z
09 February 21

I would recommend this solution. I would rate Symantec Endpoint Encryption an eight out of ten.

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Marbella Ibarra - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at CT AMERICA
Reseller
Top 5
2020-11-13T13:39:21Z
13 November 20

I would advise others to be aware of their requirements and about the complexity that they need to adopt. Sometimes people want to have all the information encrypted, but they are not clear about what encryption means. In the case of hard disk encryption, some users don't like to enter an additional password for encryption. They have to enter a password before Windows start, which many users don't like. Therefore, we have to bring some awareness to them and explain the necessity to have another point of control to open their hard disk. So, the main advice would be to be clear about what encryption means. I would rate Symantec Endpoint Encryption a nine out of ten.

Amit-Gawade - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
2020-10-04T06:40:15Z
04 October 20

I would definitely recommend this solution. I have seen a lot of endpoint encryption products, and Symantec is the best because it doesn't hamper the performance of the machine. If you use McAfee, it hampers the performance of the machine. I would rate Symantec Endpoint Encryption an eight out of ten. Right now, there is an issue going on with their support. That's why I'm not giving it a ten out of ten.

PS
CTO at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-07-29T07:46:00Z
29 July 20

We only use the solution on our own endpoints for our own company and don't necessarily deploy it for clients. There are a lot of companies in India who are promoting these types of products. They may have quite a good idea about the packages and so on, what you can do, what you can't do and so on. Everyone seems well educated on it. It is not a very complicated solution. It's basically solid. You don't need that much technical support. Whether it's Symantec or TrendMicro or AVG or any other package it's all pretty self-sustaining. You'll simply notice it when you have a compromise, at which point you get alerted and then you look at what went wrong. Until you are compromised, you're happy with the product. I approve of Symantec Endpoint. I've been happy with the solution for the last four or five years. There have been no issues and we have not been compromised until now. I'd definitely recommend Symantec. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. It does tend to slow down a machine when it does the scan. However, I've noticed the same slow down on competition like Norton or AVG and it doesn't slow anything down near as much as Norton.

JC
Assistant System Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-07-06T08:10:00Z
06 July 20

On a scale of one to ten I would rate Symantec Endpoint an eight.

TS
TitleGeneral Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2020-01-12T12:02:00Z
12 January 20

I do not recommend Symantec Endpoint Encryption. The support needs to be improved. I would rate this solution a six out of ten.

Mohamed-Hashem - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Manager at Target IS
Real User
2019-12-16T08:13:00Z
16 December 19

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Symantec Endpoint Encryption as an eight out of ten. There is room for improvement and I think they need to make more effort here, but I would still totally recommend Symantec products and I'm a fan of Endpoint Encryption as a mature solution.

it_user1243704 - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administraor at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2019-12-12T07:48:00Z
12 December 19

My advice to others who are considering this solution is to make sure that they do some testing if they are using disk encryption as we have had problems with updates. Our problem may depend on the version of Windows. So it may be different for other people. I didn't choose to use encryption before, so I learned a lot about the performance and the principle of encryption when it comes to messaging and share folders. So that part is good. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Symantec Endpoint Encryption as a six currently. The main problem for us is working with Microsoft updates within PGP. This should be possible because BitLocker is currently doing that which might be a reason we would switch. Updates for Microsoft OS are very complicated for us right now.

it_user1152534 - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Senior Expert (Founding member, African Cybersecurity Center) at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-11-18T07:22:00Z
18 November 19

Checkpoint has better support. With Symantec, we have subsidiaries involved. The performance is good and it's efficient. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Mayur Jadhav - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Security Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
2019-10-29T09:45:00Z
29 October 19

I would recommend cloud implementation, rather than on-premises if it is possible. The on-premises deployment model will lead you to have errors. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Imtiaz Hussain - PeerSpot reviewer
Malware Hunter and Incident Responder at Computer Network Systems
Real User
2019-09-25T05:10:00Z
25 September 19

We're using the on-premises deployment model. I would rate the solution eight out of ten.

DL
Senior Security Analyst at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Real User
2019-03-11T07:21:00Z
11 March 19

Give it a serious look. Our security team is more on the immature side rather than the mature side, as we build thing out. This automated solution puts us at the base level where we can get better. We went from not being happy with what we had to this product.

CS
Security Subdirector at a government with 11-50 employees
Real User
2019-03-11T07:21:00Z
11 March 19

Try to look at many vendors. There are a lot of papers about solutions, especially this one. So, it's really nice. I started my security program four years ago, and we now have a mature security program. We added this solution as the last part of our security program.

JJ
Information System Security Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-03-11T07:21:00Z
11 March 19

If you make the investment in tech, in updated hardware and software, there are other tools - here we are at RSA 2019, those tools are all over the place. There are other tools that are not single-point solutions. You can solve a whole lot of problems for a lot less money if you're using updated hardware and software rather than old stuff, end-of-life, where you just have one other thing that you have to take care of it. You can put an umbrella over everything with a bigger, newer, better product. But you have to have your hardware and software up to date, rather than the situation that my organization is in. Semantic an excellent product. It's really just the timing that I mentioned earlier that doesn't work well for us. On the other hand, we haven't had a breach. We haven't had any issues. We haven't had any incidences of malware popping up. But that's more due to the isolated aspect of our networks. We're not touching the outside, so it's really hard for anything to get in. But disks can be sneakernetted in, hard drives can be brought in, USBs can be brought in, mistakes can be made. Not everything is malicious. Sometimes there is just incompetence involved where somebody hooks up something that they're not supposed to and you have exposure. But we haven't seen any threats related to any of that kind of behavior. I can't really say that we have had a case where anything has gone bad. In terms of security maturity, we're "mature" in the sense that we're ancient, using old equipment that has reached end-of-life. It's really from the old-age home, it's so mature. We're in dire need of tech refresh and I don't have the budget to support that. But if you unwrap that and look at it from the other side, what would we do without it? But the real mitigator, the thing that's actually protecting us, is our isolation. We have isolated systems so nothing can get at us. If I get audited, I'd better have antivirus definitions loaded up, current ones. But it really has not affected our security maturity. If it wasn't for the exception that I mentioned, Symantec Endpoint Encryption, would have been 100 percent successful and I would have to have given it a ten out of ten. With that exception, I have to knock it back to 90 percent, a nine out of ten because, as I said, we're exposed.

KM
IT Operations Manager at HCL Technologies
Real User
2019-03-11T07:21:00Z
11 March 19

It is a good product.

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Microsoft BitLocker is very intuitive and easy to maintain. It is basically the global standard solution for drive encryption and it successfully fulfills regulatory needs in terms of data protection. BitLocker consists of agent initialization and robust disk encryption algorithms, and does a good job with reporting on compliance. BitLocker will give you peace of mind by keeping your data safe - especially if employees lose their laptops, or if laptops are stolen - providing you with confidence that no data will be compromised. I like that BitLocker allows you to encrypt removable media as well. However, the encryption key management feature could be improved, and so could its OS compatibility and console management. Some other things I dislike about it are that oftentimes encryption fails to resume after it has been suspended, sometimes it can be time-consuming to encrypt a disk, and encrypting secondary drives can be tricky, to say the least. Symantec Endpoint Encryption’s most valuable feature by far is the messaging and shared folders. It offers great protection and is the perfect solution for large-scale deployments. In addition, it is low-maintenance, which is another big advantage because you rarely need to involve technical support. Moreover, it integrates very well with Symantec Messaging Gateway and Symantec DLP, which works to catch emails and send them to the encryption server which then communicates to the user that confidential information is being shared or sent out, giving administrators the chance to respond appropriately. Symantec Endpoint Encryption’s initial setup and installation is pretty straightforward and easy but the product comes with a high price tag. The only other setback with Symantec is that the program’s disk encryption is not very intuitive or user-friendly when it comes to Microsoft OS updates. Other than that, the product is a stable, reliable, all-in-one solution that is very suitable for enterprise data management. Conclusion: When comparing Microsoft BitLocker and Symantec Endpoint Encryption, they both have their sets of valuable and unique features, but they also both have setbacks. Your choice of product will ultimately be determined by what your organization’s requirements are and which solution can meet your needs best.
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