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Considering McAfee Alternatives? Make Replacement an Upgrade

By Peter Craig on Apr 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

“When in doubt, choose change.”  (Lily Leung)  


  • McAfee has agreed to sell its enterprise business
  • Many McAfee customers may be considering alternatives 
  • Don’t just replace - upgrade 

One of the biggest news items in the security market this year has been McAfee’s decision to sell its enterprise business to Symphony Technology Group. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2021. According to McAfee President and Chief Executive Officer, Peter Leav, McAfee will “singularly focus on our consumer business and to accelerate our strategy to be a leader in personal security for consumers”.1 So, McAfee, as a brand, will continue but in future will focus purely on consumer cybersecurity. Now many McAfee enterprise customers, small businesses to very large enterprises, are left wondering what the future is for the products they rely on to secure their organizations. When in doubt, choose change. 

The good news is that if you are now considering McAfee alternatives, that with Bitdefender, you can make replacement an upgrade. 

 

So why should you choose Bitdefender GravityZone if you are thinking about switching from McAfee?

Your first benchmark for a security solution should be its effectiveness and Bitdefender consistently ranks number 1 in industry tests that rate the prevention of security threats by endpoint protection platforms. Bitdefender’s comprehensive protection combines over 30 technologies, including tunable machine learning, sandbox analyzer, anti-exploit and behavioral analysis. The CEO of AV-TEST, Maik Morgenstern, summed this up in the AV-TEST Best IT Security Products Awards, 2020 when he said:

“Bitdefender has proven its excellence and reliability each year that we’ve tested their solutions.”

 

Cyber-criminals are growing ever more sophisticated

Cyber-criminals are growing ever more sophisticated and today’s advanced attacks are increasingly difficult to detect. Using techniques that individually look like routine behavior, an attacker may access your infrastructure and remain undetected for months, significantly increasing the risk of a costly data breach. Bitdefender also offers Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) to provide the advanced attack visibility and response required to combat these threats. Bitdefender EDR continuously monitors your endpoints and securely sends insights and suspicious events to our GravityZone cloud.

In GravityZone, the Threat Analytics module collects and distills endpoint events into a prioritized list of incidents for your additional investigation and response. It sends suspicious files for detonation in the Sandbox Analyzer then uses the sandbox verdict in EDR’s incident reports. The EDR real-time dashboard can be accessed from any device to enable you to see alerts and visualizations, then investigate and respond effectively to threats.

 

One Bitdefender console, one Bitdefender agent

Bitdefender EDR is managed from the same console you use to manage your endpoint protection and uses the same endpoint agent, making it much easier to deploy, manage and respond to incidents.

Furthermore, there are additional capabilities that can be managed from the Bitdefender management console. Only one console is required to manage risk, security, full disk encryption, patching, and email security reducing the operational burden that dealing with your multiple product consoles posed.

On the topic of risk, something Bitdefender provides that other solutions don’t offer is the ability to analyze endpoint and human risk. Bitdefender provides a graphical representation of risks in your environment – highlighting risks such as operating system and application misconfigurations and staff using company credentials over insecure channels. These risks are prioritized, making it easier for you to take action quickly to reduce your attack surface exposure.

 

Choose change

Change can be daunting and endpoint security touches every device in your organization. However, switching from McAfee to Bitdefender doesn’t have to be difficult.  

Many customers have been impressed with just how straightforward this can be. Don’t just take my word for this, here’s what Sascha Neuhaus – IT Security Officer at Louis, Europe’s number 1 retailer of motorcycle gear, says about his upgrade from McAfee to Bitdefender: 

“It was quite easy to roll out Bitdefender to our 1,400-plus endpoints. It took just 14 days to deploy Bitdefender across each department one by one. After that, we only needed to fine-tune the policies.” 

Of course, we’ve got a global network of highly capable partners and Bitdefender professional services that can help you with your migration if you prefer. 

 

So, what’s the best alternative to McAfee for your business?  

Well, I trust I’ve convinced you to consider Bitdefender. With stronger protection, that single console, and a seamless upgrade, what’s stopping you? 

Find out more about why McAfee customers are switching to Bitdefender - discover their opinions on the benefits they experience.

 

CHOOSE CHANGE

 

1 https://stgpartners.com/2021/03/08/mcafee-announces-sale-of-enterprise-business-to-symphony-technology-group-for-4-0-billion

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Author: Peter Craig

Peter is Senior Product Marketing Manager for Bitdefender’s endpoint products. He has worked in cyber-security for more than 20 years and enjoys helping customers find the best security solutions for their businesses.

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