McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection features & prices: An overview

On the cloud-based endpoint security front, McAfee's SaaS Endpoint Protection Suites are part of most evaluation lists. How heavy are they on the pocket?

Ease of service and promise of easier integration can often make a cloud-based endpoint security solution preferable to conventional security suites. With a single service providing cover from the Web-based and email threats to endpoint protection, a cloud-based endpoint security solution may offer higher functionality at reduced costs. In this product overview tip, we take a look at McAfee’s Security as a Service (SaaS) based endpoint security suites which target the Indian SMB segment.

McAfee’s SaaS endpoint protection suite has been touted as the most comprehensive suite from a single vendor. The solutions provide users with both signature-based and behavioral-based scanning to deal with unknown threats. It’s time to take a look at the specs and pricing so that you can take a call as to whether it measures up to your needs.

To start off, McAfee’s SaaS Endpoint Protection is available in the following form factors:

 

  • McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection Suite
  • McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection – Advanced Suite
  • McAfee SaaS Endpoint & Email Protection Suite

Let’s take a brief look at the features of each suite:

McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection Suite (formerly known as Total Protection) is the most basic offering of the lot. It provides features such as the McAfee Security Center (an online management console), a desktop anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-malware agent, a desktop firewall, and Web security. Subscription requires a minimum of two licenses starting from Rs. 1,425 per license per year, with prices going further down by 25 to 40 per cent with subscriptions of two and three years respectively. The following table gives a detailed breakup of how McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection’s licensing costs pan out for SMBs.

 

McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection
Number of Licenses Price* ~Price per License*
10 14,251.20 (INR) 1,425 (INR)
50 69,128.50 (INR) 1,382 (INR)
100 1,34,092.00 (INR) 1,340 (INR)
500 5,36,910.00 (INR) 1074 (INR)
999 9,54,714.33 (INR) 956 (INR)

*All prices are exclusive of applicable taxes

McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection Advanced Suite offers all the features that its basic sibling offers. In addition, this version offers the added functionality of a Web filter to block unwanted sites and email server protection that scans for viruses and spam within the network. Subscription requires a minimum of five licenses starting from Rs. 1996.44 per license per year, with prices going further down by 25 to 40 per cent with subscriptions of two and three years respectively.

 

McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection Suite – Advanced Suite
Number of Licenses Price* ~Price per License*
10 19,964.40 (INR) 1,964 (INR)
50 96,834.00 (INR) 1936.68 (INR)
100 1,87,829.00 (INR) 1878.29 (INR)
500 7,52,400.00 (INR) 1504.8 (INR)
999 13,37,770.89 (INR) 1339.11 (INR)

*All prices are exclusive of applicable taxes

 

Moving on to the third solution, the only refinement that McAfee SaaS Endpoint and Email Protection Suite seems to bring to the table is that of email scanning and blocking for malicious spam and phishing attacks in the cloud. Subscription requires a minimum of five licenses starting from Rs. 1996.44 per license per year, with prices going further down by 25 per cent with a subscription for two years.

 

McAfee SaaS Endpoint and Email Protection Suite
Number of Licenses Price* ~Price per License*
10 27,094.60 (INR) 2,710 (INR)
50 1,31,398.50 (INR) 2627.97 (INR)
100 2,54,920.00 (INR) 2549.2 (INR)
500 10,21,085.00 (INR) 2042.17 (INR)
999 18,15,352.83 (INR) 1817.17 (INR)

*All prices are exclusive of applicable taxes

 

On the support front, McAfee provides McAfee Gold Technical Support (24/7/365 access to McAfee’s certified technicians) with all its packages.  Other players in the market that provide comparable SaaS services include Panda Security (Panda Security Cloud Protection products), Symantec (Cloud Endpoint Services) and Zscaler Cloud Services.

This was first published in March 2011

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