The software itself is very light. It doesn't consume many resources on the clients.
The solution is pretty straightforward.
The licensing is very good.
As a Japanese company, it doesn't have any restrictions on usage in our country.
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The software itself is very light. It doesn't consume many resources on the clients.
The solution is pretty straightforward.
The licensing is very good.
As a Japanese company, it doesn't have any restrictions on usage in our country.
We found an issue on the server-side. Sometimes, it slows down the servers if you install it on the SQL.
In some cases, the version on the server-side, when you install it on the server, doesn't update when the updates are available. For example, if the virus definitions are getting updated every two days, even though you push the updates to the servers from the management console of Trend Micro, it doesn't update the servers successfully.
On the client-side, on the computers, desktops, and laptops, when you do the restart, the new virus definition appears. We are now working with technical support to find out a way to upgrade or use a patch or do some modifications to get the servers updated frequently. Even though we push twice a week from the management console to the servers, still those definitions are not getting updated. We have quite a number of servers - almost 90 server installations - therefore, it's very hard to restart them just to get the virus definition updated. That's one of our biggest problems at the moment with Trend Micro.
Of course, when you do restart the server, it fetches the updates from the management server but that's not the way you can perfect the server. It should be noted that servers sometimes will not get used for a month or two. That's a challenge for us, keeping them updated. On top of that, the current vulnerabilities that you have up there on the Windows clients and the number of attacks registered, have increased.
It would be ideal if the solution could offer more control of computers from the management console in terms of, maybe, dealing with file-sharing. You should be able to block computers from sharing when they are on an external network. That's one of the things I was hoping they could catch in the new version that was released in July, but we didn't get that option.
In Symantec, for example, you can block file-sharing on your clients so they cannot share any data with anybody in the network if they connect to an external network. It makes things much safer.
I've been using the solution for three years now.
We haven't had any issues with the stability of the product. It doesn't crash, or freeze and there aren't bugs. It's actually very smart. We haven't had any issues with any of our clients or on our computers.
We have scaled the solution slightly. The initial report was for 300 clients. We added on 100 more clients, and there was no problem. There was no performance degradation on the management console, and it was running fine. Therefore, I can say that it can scale pretty well.
We'll likely further increase usage. We were planning a review. We are actually in process of getting a quotation to get it upgraded to increase our license, in order to cover all of our distributors and partners. There are small companies, but they're not running any security protection on their clients. So every now and then they will have an infected machine that will infect their ERP system and the sales on their system will be impacted. Therefore, on behalf of them, we are purchasing the licenses for all their clients to ensure business continuity on their side. We are looking at almost 100 additional licenses.
In our region, we get support from India. There are actually some problems with some latency in getting the support we need. We have to wait until Monday to get the support from them as, in our time zone, we work Saturday until Wednesday. The weekends are Thursdays and Fridays. However, they work from Monday to Friday. Therefore, we will have only three days of office hours overlap. If you want to get support from them, you need to follow their availability. It is also not around the clock. It's only business days in India.
I have experience with Symantec Endpoint as well. I use both solutions.
Initially, there was a challenge where we had to change our server and do the installation, however, that wasn't due to the functionality of Trend Micro. When you change the server you need to have all the clients' requirements related to the parameters of the new server. We did that through group policies and running small scripts in the stackable scripts of the group policy. That way, from the Windows side, certain clients get redirected to the new server.
However, when we wanted to upgrade it to the latest client version in July, we had to do them all manually. It pushes the installation to the client when it comes to implementers. Yet, in terms of changing the version, upgrading the version, or the agent on the client-side, sometimes you need to do that manually. We have 400 clients, and we needed to load them one-by-one. We had to manually remove the old version and install the new version.
If I'm not mistaken, for three years, for 400 licenses, we paid nearly 15,000 euros. We don't have any additional costs that we have to pay on top of that.
We're just a customer. We don't have a business relationship with Trend Micro.
Trend Micro may be planning to launch a new product called Apex or Alex in January. However, right now, we are using the most current version of the solution which was launched in July. This version is compatible with Windows 10.
We actually waited for this release to happen due to the fact that the previous versions of Trend Micro were not compatible with the latest Windows so we couldn't upgrade our Windows clients. We waited nearly three months, or maybe two months, so we would be able to upgrade our clients' Windows builds to the latest version, and ensure everything was compatible.
We have a management server that manages the licenses and the number of computers and the deployment and management of computers.
It companies are considering the solution, it's a good idea to do a virtual benchmark. I wasn't sure that Trend Micro was a good solution, so I ran a benchmark. I had prior experience with Symantec Endpoint Protection, and also Panda software- the Panda Security Cloud Version. BI found that Trend Micro was very reliable in terms of when we did the benchmark on the software, on the licenses, on the management side, and the admin solution overhead.
Considering the trade sanctions and all the complications we have in Iran, I found Trend Micro to be compatible with those sanctions as well, as it's a Japanese company and they are not using any technology developed in U.S. It was a sanction-compliant solution as well.
In terms of the cost, you could buy the license for three years or five years. It was almost hassle-free to get the new party license for three years. You don't need to pay for any license renewal every year.
It's very straightforward and usable. In terms of administration, the liability is better than Panda, Sophos, and Symantec. With Symantec, it's a U.S. product, therefore we couldn't use it in Iran anyway.
Overall, I would rate the solution eight out of ten. However, with the embargo, there isn't as much competition in the market right now. We don't have too many options.
We are a solution provider and we are pitching this product to our enterprise clients. These include organizations in the financial and banking sector, as well as other industries. We are focusing on endpoint protection.
It sure did. We see major improvement in terms of slowness of machines / computers and blocking more ransomware than any others i have seen.
Trend Micro has several features that help to distinguish it from other vendors, especially Kaspersky. These include:
This product is not very simple and in fact, kind of hard for some people to understand. After you start working with it, you get the hang of it.
It would be helpful to have vulnerability scanning and patching built-in. It is available as a separate product and including it would be a good selling point. However, if it is very heavy when running on the end-users computers then it is going to backfire.
I started working with Trend Micro Smart Protection three or four months ago.
This is not a new product and it is very stable, although one of our engineers found a bug, which was reported to Trend Micro.
This is a scalable solution. There are some enterprise-level clients with 6,000 or 8,000 licenses. In my experience, I have not seen any endpoint products that are not scalable.
We have approximately 140 clients who are using Trend Micro products. These are products with a security purpose that is very specific and I am not sure how many are using the Smart Protection Complete solution.
I have not personally contacted technical support.
Prior to this, I was very committed to Kaspersky. In the past ten years, 70% of the endpoint protection market has been captured by Kaspersky. Before that, it was Symantec. I also have experience with solutions from Bitdefender, McAfee, and Sophos.
I think that Trend Micro is already quite strong against Symantec and Sophos. With respect to Kaspersky, they do not have and endpoint DLP solution, it does not have a choice of deployment model, and the sandboxing is not as proactive. That said, I feel that Kaspersky is the biggest competitor. It is a more mature product in Pakistan and I have different clients who are using each of these solutions. Overall, they are not much different in terms of features.
The initial setup is very straightforward.
It takes a much shorter time to deploy compared to any other product that I have worked with. As an example, I have one client who purchased 150 licenses. The choice was made to deploy it to the cloud. From start to finish, with the configuration and fine-tuning, it took between four and five hours.
I would estimate that the deployment takes between 30 and 40 minutes unless you face some kind of unprecedented difficulty in your network that is not related to the endpoint. The length of time also varies depending on how big the network is and how ideal the situation is. Sometimes, for example, you need end-users to turn off their computers.
Well since we are the vendors and implemented and deployed on client side many times, i would say you definitely required highest level of expertise.
In a longer term, you definitely get your money worth spending on Trend Micro product.
Licensing module is more or less as any other AV. However, they are on little expensive side compare to other products but i believe it is worth it because of the features and quality of the product.
Yes, i have evaluated kaspersky, Symantec and bit defender.
There was a big gap in the availability of this product in Pakistan from 2009 to 2017. There was simply no presence of Trend Micro. In 2017, they hired people and they started a local distributor that included a technical team. With the backend support here, it has strengthened the market.
When we demonstrate this solution to potential clients, we conduct the demo on the cloud. However, we leave the option to them whether they want an on-premises or cloud-based deployment. Organizations and banks in the financial sector in Pakistan generally do not use cloud-based solutions at this time.
That said, my advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to use a cloud-based deployment. It is much easier to administer because you have access to the dashboard from anywhere at any time. Also, if it happens that they do require technical support then it is easier to give access to the vendor's support team. Otherwise, it will take longer to resolve the issue.
Nothing is perfect and there is always room for improvement.
I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
There were a couple of primary use cases for us. One of the most frequent was to deploy an agent onto user devices, including laptops and workstations. We were also to employ agents on mobile. It was used to detect viruses on everything from computers to USBs in our organization.
The solution gives users peace of mind that, form an endpoint perspective, they are protected once it is installed.
The centralized dashboard from which we can see all activities and get reports is very good. We can also do all configurations from a single panel of a management console. It's helpful.
The solution overall is very helpful and very reliable. We appreciate the reliability of the system.
We've compared it to another Trend Micro product that is free, and this solution catches a lot more viruses than the free version.
When users click on links accidentally, Trend Micro is able to contain and block viruses to ensure nothing happens to an organization's system. It protects not only the client's users but also the main core infrastructure.
The customer service from the product is great. There's lots of hands-on navigation support, and you call in or be on a conference line with the support when you need them. They will go over everything related to any upgrades or deployments.
The documentation is very thorough and robust. It makes a lengthy deployment a bit easier.
The solution needs to improve the deployment so it aligns with the latest Microsoft patches and upgrades. It makes the deployment process lengthy and painful.
The solution needs to add more AI. It already has some AI and machine learning built in, but they could be more advanced and offer deeper learning capabilities.
I had been using the solution for just over one year. I used it from September 2018 until about November 2019.
The product is a very stable solution. However, it could be more compatible with major vendors, especially Microsoft.
I'm not sure I can talk to the scalability of the product. Our organization had over 1,000 people, but I had not witnessed our organization try to scale it.
Typically the solution is handled by users directly from the IT department.
Technical support is fantastic, especially in relation to deployment, where we originally ran into a bit of trouble in relation to Microsoft patches. They stayed with us on the phone and helped us power through the implementation by sharing their knowledge and advice.
Their service is also very quick. They have less than a 24-hour turnaround.
I did previously use a different solution. It was a long time ago, so I'm unsure as to what the company did use back then.
The setup was pretty straightforward.
The deployment, in terms of the upgrade process, isn't as simple. If Microsoft, for example, patches things, you have to pause or disable the software before the patch and upgrade is applied before you can enable the agent. It would be helpful if this process was easier and if the solution would ultimately be more compatible with Microsoft's upgrades. It requires a lot of the user's attention.
We have an implementation strategy to move from on-premises to the cloud in the near future.
We required three people for maintenance.
We worked directly with a reseller, but more from a license procurement perspective. The assistance we received for the initial setup was more directly from Trend Micro.
The licensing is on a yearly basis and I believe our organization paid about $2,000/year. However, it's been a while since I looked at the pricing and we no longer use the solution.
In terms of advice to other users, because there are so many products out there, I would caution anyone to do a thorough POC. It would be helpful. Once a company is hands-on with it, they will begin to understand a lot about the product. Demos are very limiting. Currently, I'm looking at and trying out other solutions as we've moved away from this one.
I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.
We are primarily using this solution for protecting endpoints and servers, which includes schedule scanning on weekly basis. Also using web reputation services for actively blocking any malicious website at user end.
Primarily, we are using this solution for protecting endpoints and servers as well. This solution is a part of our multi-layers security for browsing internet.
we use this endpoint protection to protect our endpoints using behavior and signature-based analysis. We are not totally dependent on Trend Micro, but it is part of our multi-layered protection approach.
The most valuable features are the behavior monitoring, behavior analysis, and web reputation service. They have a very good web reputation service.
The only drawback to this solution is that it needs different products for different types of clients, and it would be better to have a single agent for all of the products. For example, for clients we need to have officescan and for server we need to have deep security from trendmicro.
Improvements need to be made so that detection is more behavior-based, rather than signature-based. The behavior analytics is there but it needs to be more advanced. Ideally, I would like to see completely signature-less threat detection.
We have been using Smart Protection Complete for more than six years.
This solution is very stable and provides all of the protection that we are expecting. We can trust this product and are using it for each and every client. In fact, this endpoint solution is used for everything.
Scalability is not a problem. We have more than 2,000 clients who are using this solution and 10 to 15 of them are administrators.
The technical support is excellent. I have not seen this level of support from any other vendors.
We used to use a solution by McAfee but we switched because of the support. It was not matching our criteria at that time, although now I know they improved.
I would not say that the initial setup is easy or difficult. It does require some expertise, so it is not easy. It is difficult in terms of management.
The length of time for deployment depends on the number of clients. With more than 2,000 clients, our deployment took almost one and a half months. We have six people, two engineers and four technicians, who were involved in the deployment.
We are always evaluating other products and comparing them to Trend Micro. Between 40% and 50% of these products rely on a signature-based detection method, while there are a few that depend totally on behavior analysis. We are always looking for next-generation antivirus solutions.
I recommend this product as it can be first line of defense for any organization with excellent features, like behavior monitoring, machine learning, and others...
Overall, this product is very good, although there is still room for improvement.
I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Our organization primarily uses the solution for formalities and as a brand protection antivirus. We plan to start to use it as end-point encryption and USB encryption, as well as to protect our emails.
The one PIN reporting is excellent on the solution. Our organization likes that very much.
The reporting, in general, is very easy to understand and is much better than Surface. That particular solution has quite complex reporting that isn't easy to read.
Your workstation doesn't slow down, unlike when you use Symantec, for example.
I haven't used the solution for very long, so I haven't encountered many issues using the solution. We're just using it as brand protection for now, and for that, it is working as it should.
I've only been using the solution for about one year now.
The solution has been very stable for our organization. We haven't encountered any bugs or glitches. There haven't been crashes. It's worked well for us and we consider it reliable.
The solution is scalable. If a company needs to expand it out further they should be able to do so easily.
We currently have 120 people within our organization using the product.
We've been in touch with technical support in the past. We've been satisfied with their level of assistance and the speed and quality in which they deliver it.
In the past, I have also worked with McAfee, Symantec, and Surface.
The last time I used a Symantec I had a lot of issues where a lot of my workstations become slow. With McAfee updating the product was always quite an issue. Surface had reports, that, for me, were very complex compared to Trend Micro. That's why our organization decided to switch to this solution instead of using the others mentioned.
I wasn't a part of the implementation team, so I can't speak to what the process was like. I have no idea as to if it is difficult or straightforward.
We had a third party handle the installation for us.
Our organization has paid licensing for three years, which averaged about $4.00 USD per user. We've been satisfied with the licensing. It's quite reasonable.
I would recommend the solution. I'd rate it nine out of ten.
I've not explored all of the features up to now. I still need to see all of the features implemented first to be able to see if anything is missing. However, as of right now, it's working very well for us.
We are a system integrator, and we sell Trend Micro solutions. We are also using Trend Micro solutions for our internal IT. We use this solution for endpoint protection (EPP). We also use it for server protection.
Product-wise, it is amazing. It includes DLP, vulnerability management, and application whitelisting features. These features are very good and add value in selling this solution to our customers. These features make the key selling point. I recently did a comparison with the FireEye firewall for a customer. They were basically going to replace Trend Micro with their EDR. Because of these features, I could convince the customer that Trend Micro is better than FireEye.
Documentation-wise, they are a disaster. If you want to know something about Trend Micro, you will not find anything useful from Trend Micro themselves. You have to basically dig some blog, or you need to seek some expert to help you understand what they are offering. I have never seen such a good product with such disastrous documentation.
Feature-wise, almost all vendors are providing the same features, but it is all about the integration. For example, Trend Micro is promoting their endpoint protection suite, but they never mention about the integration that they are offering with their EDR solution. They are treating each product as a separate island, and you don't know much about their integration. It would be good if they can focus on integration.
I have been selling Trend Micro products for three years.
Our customers are satisfied with the product in terms of stability and scalability.
In the local market, I don't see any Trend Micro technical guy supporting anywhere. I am not aware if they have a technical team in Saudi Arabia.
I work at the design level. I have never installed the product, but based on my understanding from our deployment team, it is pretty much easy to install. They find it very good and don't have any difficulty in the installation and configuration of this solution.
Its price is fine. Price-wise, it is competitive with any other vendor.
In Saudi Arabia, we are only selling on-premises models. The customers mostly request for the on-premises model, not the cloud model, due to the regulation issues. As per government regulations, we cannot send our data to anything outside Saudi Arabia. That's why the possibility is only to use on-premises products.
Trend Micro Smart Protection is basically the number one endpoint protection platform that I propose to my customers. As a solution architect, I would recommend Trend Micro Smart Protection.
I would rate Trend Micro Smart Protection a nine out of ten. It just needs more integration and more explanation about the product.
All the solutions we are using from Trend Micro are all on-prem solutions.
Trend Micro Smart Protection is for endpoint protection for business that can provide protection to guard against all types of threats.
We enabled all the modules with the Apex One Central. It contains Application Control and Advanced Threat Protection. Everything has been enabled and we are using it.
Recently our end users are feeling that their system resources are too occupied and slowed because of the Trend Micro agent - that the agent is doing lots and lots of background activities which include Application Control and Advanced Threat Protection. We raised the complaint with them and are waiting for their technical support. The support could be faster for all the Trend Micro solutions.
We use the port monitoring and ransomware protection things, and everything is running in background. Because of that, that CPU use is getting high. So the user cannot use that machine as much as they like for other applications. That's the issue we have recently been receiving.
I have been using Trend Micro Smart Protection for the past three years.
We procured a bundled product from Trend Micro which included Smart Protection, Deep Security, Apex Central, and IMSVA for email security.
Scalability all depends on our on-premise server. For example, if right now there are 1,500 users, if we increase the license count, we will need to increase the server resources also.
As to whether we are going to increase the usage for Smart Protection, that depends on the business requirement.
Tech support should be faster.
Installation is easy, but applying the rules for policies and things require a technical knowledge.
We used a consultant integrator.
In the forefront, only two people are required for implementation, but they are working with their backend team as well as the Trend Micro support. So it comes to around four to five people for deploying these solutions. That includes level one, two and three engineers.
I would recommend Trend Micro Smart Protection as part of a core bundle.
On a scale one to ten, I would rate Trend Micro Smart Protection an eight.
We primarily implement this solution for customers.
The solution offers good implementation.
The AI is excellent.
The initial setup is pretty straightforward.
The solution can scale.
The solution could be more stable and secure.
We've been dealing with the product for a few years. We tend to use it from project to project. It's likely been about three or so years.
I can't speak to the stability of the solution that well. That's something a customer would know more about, as they would deal with it on a day-to-day basis. However, my understanding is that it could be a bit better.
The scalability potential is pretty high. I would rate it at an eight out of ten. If a company needs to scale it, it can do so.
I'm not sure of the exact number of customers on the solution at this time.
I don't deal with technical support. I don't have a clear idea of how they are in terms of the support they have on offer as I've never been in touch directly. However, it's my understanding that they are okay and there isn't really an aspect of technical support that needs to be improved.
The deployment is typically straightforward, however, it depends on the policies the company has to put in place. Other than that, it's not too much of a hassle. I cannot recall the exact amount of time it takes to deploy the product. There's typically a session and then discussions with the client before deployment even takes place, however, it's all part of the process.
As I wasn't part of any technical implementation, I cannot speak to how many individuals are part of an implementation.
I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. It's been pretty well received so far. The capabilities are quite good.
I'd recommend the solution to others.