How to Select the Right Security Software

By: Paul Howe

To make the right choices for your security software, consider the following aspects:

Cost of administration: In addition to the purchase cost, you need to factor in how much it costs to administer and manage the security software. It may require additional skills and expertise. Consider the cost as a whole and come up with a realistic return on investment before you make a purchase.

User friendliness: The security software will affect every system on your network. You need to be sensitive to the user friendliness of the products that you purchase so that employees do not have serious problems getting used to them.

Software distribution: The security software should not interfere with an employee's access to software that he or she needs in the course of their work. If there is too much interference, it can lead to unnecessary delays and a loss of productivity.

Updates: The security software company should offer updates that can be easily and quickly downloaded to keep the software current. Charges for these updates should be nominal and the process should be seamless and automatic. There should also be adequate and innovative updates.

Integration: The software should be able to run on your software and hardware platforms and enhance your specific systems. Choosing an established and innovative vendor can help you achieve the convergence level you will need.

Licensing and pricing options: Ensure that the security software vendor offers flexible and plentiful licensing and pricing options so that you can scale up or down depending on your changing needs. Make sure that you get and pay for the exact amount of security that you require.

Support and maintenance: A vendor with an established presence and a track record of providing good support and system maintenance is a key requirement. Ensure that you do a thorough background check and ensure that the provider will be there to help when you need them.

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