Business Review 2015
Review of IT Security Suites for Small Business
|Test Period||September 2015|
|Online with cloud connectivity|
|False Alarm Test included|
AV-Comparatives’ 2015 small-business software review looks at security products suitable for a company running either the Foundation or the Enterprise edition of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. As can be seen on the Microsoft Website, the Foundation version is suitable for small companies with up to 15 users, while the Essentials version allows an additional ten users. The report thus considers products for a network of up to 25 client PCs, with one file server/domain controller.
We have used 64-bit Windows 7 Professional SP1 as a test client for all products; additionally, we have tested a 64-bit Windows 10 Pro client where this OS is supported by the vendor. These are part of a domain with a Windows Server 2012 R2 system as the domain controller.
Both the Foundation and Essentials versions of Windows Server provide simplified management options, relative to the Standard edition. This recognises companies with 25 users or less that may not have the financial resources to employ a full-time IT administrator. Consequently, some or all of the IT management tasks will be carried out on a part-time basis by staff members who may be very proficient with consumer products, but are not very familiar with business networks.
In accordance with this scenario, we have considered how easy-to-use the products would be for a non-expert administrator. We allow for the option of having an external IT consultant install and configure the software initially, and train the relevant company staff how to use it. However, in a number of cases we have noted that a high level of technical expertise is not needed to set the product up, and that non-expert administrators could perform the task themselves with help from the product manual.
The manufacturers either provided us with the newest versions of their respective products, or confirmed that the latest version was available from their website (as at September 2015). The products tested for the review are listed below:
Award levels reached in this Business Security Tests and Review
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