Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection 2012 R2

July 31, 2014   //   Microsoft System Center, , , , , , , ,

Managed by Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Endpoint Protection 2012 R2 (SCEP) provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits. As part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance, SCEP helps simplify and improve antivirus management via an integrated console and tools. Combined with SWC’s Managed Security Services, SCEP can help protect your organization from today’s cyber threats. Read my blog to learn more.

Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection or SCEP is ICSA Labs certified. The product reports on virus activity through a console dashboard in Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services. One of the great things about SCEP is the support for Windows XP has been extended past its date of expiration (Read Jeremy’s blog to learn more: What Does Microsoft’s Windows XP Anti-Malware Extension Mean?). This means that while there will be no more OS-level patches written for Windows XP, antivirus engines and definitions will continue to be provided. This will help organizations that may need more time in completing their migrations to newer versions of the Windows OS. Antivirus agents for Linux and Mac clients are also available through SCEP and can be installed without System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). However, we suggest using SCCM because this takes away from central management and policies become static rather than dynamic.

Another cool thing about SCEP is that there are multiple sources for definition updates available, even offline, including SCCM, WSUS and MSFT. A System Center Operations Manager Management Pack is available for integration, so that antivirus incidents can generate alerts. Windows Defender can also be an option to use as a fallback antivirus and deployment can be automated via SCCM. The antivirus driver supports ODX and respects CPU limits. For those using Windows Intune in a cloud-only configuration, a version of the endpoint agent is provided.

While we really like SCEP and it is one of our favorite Microsoft System Center tools, we know that there are many things an organization needs to do to keep their environment safe and secure. We continue to see a lot more mid-market and SMB clients getting infected by malware such as the CrytoLocker virus, which usually shows up as email spam. That’s why we tell our clients that security is not just one thing or product, its a mindset. You need products like SCEP in conjunction with the right tools and tactics. SWC offers Security assessments and penetration testing to help mid-market organizations protect their environments from today’s next generation security threats and stay ahead of the bad guys.

If you are interested in learning more about SWC’s Managed Security Services, please join Tommy Montgomery, CISSP, ISSMP, CISM, GCFW and Certified Ethical Hacker for our Security 2.0: Don’t Be The Next Target luncheon on August 20th. An event focused on protecting your organization with next generation security solutions for today’s cyber threats.

If you are interesting in learning more about Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection and some of the cool Microsoft products that can help streamline IT operations and boost your organization’s antivirus protect, please join us for our next Microsoft System Center event.

Recommended Security Posts

If you enjoy learning more about security and how to keep your organization safe from today’s security threats, please read a few of SWC’s past security posts:

Security Awareness: Tips for Protecting Your Online Identity from Hackers
CryptoLocker Virus Tips – Take Action Now!
Heartbleed Is Much Worse Than We Thought
Tell Me About The Heartbleed Bug
How Can A Company Move To The Cloud With Privacy Needs?
SWC’s Beers With Brad – Technology, Security And Privacy
SWC Discusses Target Security Breach On Telemundo News Broadcast
Ask SWC: What Are Some Tips To Protect Your Network From Hackers?
What Does Microsoft’s Windows XP Anti-Malware Extension Mean?
The Fundamentals of Cyber Security

Recommended System Center Posts

If you enjoy learning more about Microsoft System Center and the tools that can help streamline your IT systems and make operations more efficient, please read a few of SWC’s past Microsoft System Center posts:

Making Optimized IT Delivery A Reality In Your Organization
Why We Love Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (And You Should, Too!)
The Sky is the Limit: Improve Operational Efficiency with System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2
Why You Need to Upgrade to Operations Manager 2012 R2
Let’s Talk Backup: Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 R2
Integrating Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection 2012 R2
Integrating Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2
One System Center To Rule Them All
Better Together: Microsoft System Center and Windows Server 2012 R2