Many small businesses don?t have the technical expertise inhouse to implement and monitor rock-solid security, so McAfee has come up with a way to implement security as a managed service.

Called McAfee Total Protection for Small Business, this solution implements all-in-one suite-level security on all licensed PCs in an office, without the need for an onsite systems administrator or any technical staff at all.

Easy on the network

Unlike the kinds of security suites you might be used to, McAfee Total Protection for Small Business uses a light and unobtrusive client on desktops. Staff will almost never get popups or security warnings, since all security alerts will be routed to the offsite or onsite IT manager to deal with as they see fit. The IT manager can then resolve that problem without the user ever knowing there was one.

In spite of the light client, Total Protection for Small Business provides each desktop in an office full protection against remote and internal threats. It includes a state-of-the-art firewall, award-winning anti-virus and anti-spyware (including a continual system monitoring agent), email anti-spam and anti-virus filters as well as browser protection that detects and blocks visits to dangerous web pages. The Advanced version of Total Protection for Small Business adds email server tools, which are very useful if you run your own email server. Its server-side tools include spam protection and virus detection, ensuring that these threats never even reach staff desktops.

Easy to install

The entire solution is designed to be remotely manageable. Rather than installing a full suite on each PC, Total Protection for Small Business installs an antivirus, anti-spyware and firewall agent on each network PC. Installing the agent is as easy as clicking on a link in a web browser on each PC you want the protection to apply to. There?s no need to carry discs around, and it?s easy for a remote systems administrator to send web links to staff that will
allow them to install the required agent on their PC.

Easy to manage

Because it works as a managed service, you or your designated tech manager (who may be offsite), can manage the security systems by visiting the Total Protection SecurityCenter, a web page with tools to monitor and modify the security status of all the secured PCs. It can provide stats on current problems, detail who?s anti-virus and anti-spyware is up to date (and force updates if necessary), manage individual firewall settings, get a complete log of security events (such as attempted attacks on PCs), create groups and group policies, and set scanning schedules and policies. The management console is designed from the ground up to be easy to use, so expensive calls to your tech support manager can be minimised.

Features of McAfee Total Protection for Small Business

  • Anti-virus and anti-spyware for every PC in the office
  • A high-quality managed firewall for each PC
  • Real-time email scanning for security threats and spam
  • Server-based email scanning for threats, so they never reach the desktop  (Advanced version only)
  • SiteAdvisor, a web browser protection tool that detects and blocks malicious and phishing websites
  • A simplified and unified management console that allows security management of PCs without the need for physical visits to the desktop
  • Free 24/7 technical support from McAfee
  • A low-cost subscription-based service

Free 30 day trial

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