Norton AV or Bitdefender

I am creating a new network and each machine we would like to install Norton AV but all laptops has Bitdefender on it and my question is:

1 - Can I use Bitdefender for my network? or Norton is better?

2 - Any advice on Sophos end point?


Can you please kindly advice?

Best regards,
Mallony
mallonyIT TechnicianAsked:
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Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
Bit Defender is supposedly better.

I would choose Kaspersky Internet Security version especially with the russian links they supposedly have, or Eset AV.
Most importantly you should remember AV is a reactionary product, made and invented from somebodies actions. It is never really going to be that affective.

I put more faith in a solid spam system like Mimecast than AV, if I had to choose between what to spend my money on I would buy Mimecast and use Free AV.

I put malwarebytes pro on my old CEO's laptop as he is a public figure and I do not trust these AV products, I have seen all backdoored by something over the years. Malwarebytes pro uses better anti exploit tools which is where most risks come from.

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furunoCommented:
I second Kaspersky Anti-Virus.

It provides good protection and is really robust i.e. it does not go corrupt and cause problems on your PC.

As for that hyped up story about Kaspersky being linked to Russian government - of course it's going to have some connections. It's one of Russia's most well known IT companies. Oh and that NSA operative involved in the story - guess what anti-virus he had on his computer ..Kaspersky. That says it all!

Mark's suggestion of using MalwareBytes also is good advice.
Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
They were the only guys able to deal with Cryptowall 4. :)

I tracked down a connection from one of my old companies computers to a russian hosted box.
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mallonyIT TechnicianAuthor Commented:
Great advise.
Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
Thanks for the points

Here are some other things I learned a long the way.

I made a list when my old company got undetectable cryptod(basically it was some flash exploit, if you had adobe flash installed, no user interaction required, no admin rights required by the user, just a hacked website that got redirected caused the infection)
- No admin rights
- No Adobe Flash
- No MS Silverlight
- No Java unless needed specifically like Fiannce, these three programs need to be updated regularly if used
- All updates installed from MS, OS and Office. To test this run a computer against the windows update site as a lot of people are patching incorrectly with WSUS and thinking it is doing the job. You need to verify WSUS against the windows update site.
- IPS on your firewall, GAV and any other features that help this. If you are using Cisco take a look at Snort feature although I have not used that.
- Consider using a GPO that only allows whitelisted applications to run
- Mimecast on top
- HR using a jobsite and not having word files being uploaded straight into their mailboxes effectively.

That ought to do it, yes Anti Virus is not on that list. I am pretty sure MS Security Essentials would be fine if you did the above.
AV is just an illusion.
Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
And oh ye
- A good web proxy
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