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Difference between Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1, Symantec Endpoint Protection SBE 2013 and Symantec Protection Suite SBE

Created: 18 Oct 2013 • Updated: 18 Oct 2013 | 2 comments
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Symantec offers a range of fast, effective, and affordable antivirus and malware protection products designed for small and medium-sized businesses.

This product comparison guide is designed to help you select the right product to meet the security needs of your unique business.

  Symantec Endpoint Protection
Small Business Edition 2013
Symantec Endpoint Protection Symantec Protection Suite
Small Business Edition
Ideal for businesses with fewer than 250 employees 250+ employees fewer than 99 employees
Operating Systems Windows, Mac Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac
Location Cloud-managed service or on-premise management option On-premise management On-premise management


Central management console
Management hardware required
No hardware required for cloud-managed service

Security audit custom reports


Endpoint Security

Antivirus and antispyware YES YES YES

Desktop firewall


Intrusion prevention


Device and application control


USB device control


Advanced protection for virtual environments


Messaging and Web Security

Reputation-based spam filtering     YES



Content filtering/compliance


Backup and System Recovery

Backup desktops/laptops and restore to any hardware     YES




Latest Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 is powered by Insight and is the fastest, most powerful endpoint antivirus software solution you can buy for both virtual and physical systems.

New Features

  • Integration with VMware’s vShield Endpoint provides better than physical security for data-rich virtual environments while maintaining blazing fast performance.
  • Tuned for Windows 8 performance to make make your OS 80% faster and 29% safer than the native Defender solution, according to testing conducted by PassMark and Av-Test.
  • Support for Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) allows you to protect a multitude of Linux, Windows and Macintosh platforms and version from a single security solution.
  • Enhanced security features include SONAR monitoring nearly1400, rather than 400, file behaviors.
  • Improved management through the ability to automatically remove existing security software, find orphaned machines, and more efficiently use group update providers.

Key Features

Unrivaled Security. Blazing Performance. Built for Virtual Environments.

Symantec Endpoint Protection is built on multiple layers of protection, including Symantec Insight and SONAR both of which provide protection against new and unknown threats. Built for virtual environments, it can integrate with VMware vShield Endpoint for dramatically improved performance. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.2 includes the latest features for improved security, performance and management.

What's new in Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1?

What's new with Latest Symantec Endpoint Protection SEP 12.1.RU3

In case of Small Environments, it is suggested to use the Symantec Endpoint Protection SBE 12.1 -

Symantec Endpoint Protection SBE 12.1 is Fastest, Most Effective and Simple.

  • Won’t slow down your system
  • Easy to install and manage
  • Save time and costs

PassMark Software, Small Business Endpoint Protection Performance Benchmarks, June 2012 (tested against Kaspersky, ESET, Sophos, Trend Micro)

Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013 is a new solution that offers simple, fast, and effective protection against viruses and malware for your laptops, desktops and servers. Available as a cloud-managed service it can be set up with no additional hardware, so securing your business is simple and quick with minimal upfront investment. It provides updates automatically, so you know you always have the latest security available. And you can easily manage everything from a Web-based console, so you can spend less time worrying and more time running your business. Not quite ready for the cloud? Ask about our on-premise management option that allows you to manage protection on-site with a server. A virus can destroy your business in minutes. Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013 can protect it just as fast.

Question: What is the difference between Symantec Endpoint Protection and Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013?

Answer: Symantec Endpoint Protection helps larger enterprises gain protection from viruses and malware through an on-premise solution with an on-site server.

Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013, on the other hand, has been designed specifically for small and medium sized businesses and offers simple, fast and effective protection against viruses and malware as a cloud-managed service. It installs in just minutes without additional hardware, delivers always-on protection and can fit into any IT budget through a simple subscription fee. The on-premise management option can be selected if you prefer an on-site server. With Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013, businesses can quickly and easily secure critical business resources and get on with the business of focusing on their strategic goals.

Q. What about customers who are receiving Endpoint Protection through Symantec Protection Suite Small Business Edition?

A. Symantec Protection Suite Small Business Edition will only continue to be bundled with Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 12.1.x. There is no automatic entitlement to Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013.

Check the FAQ's Section of Symantec Endpoint

Symantec Endpoint

Check these Whitepapers -

Symantec Positioned Highest in Vision & Execution In Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms

Dennis Technology Labs: Enterprise Anti-Virus Protection July-September 2012

Dennis Labs – Virtual Desktop Anti-malware Protection, May 2012

Tolly Enterprises – Antivirus Performance in VMware ESXi Virtual Environments, May 2012

Tolly Enterprises – Competitive Anti-virus Performance in VMware vSphere 5 Virtual Environments, October 2012

Tolly Enterprises – Anti-virus Effectiveness in VMware vSphere 5 Virtual Environments, October 2012

AV-Comparitives (October' 2012)

PassMark Software: (22 August 2012)

Hope that helps!!

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Amira.Attafi's picture


Please I want to ask about the fonctionality: Device and application control of endpoint protection12.1

does it mean that it protect devices from any other device such us USB, phones.... it block them, can we block some applications or not.??

I will very thankful for the quick answer. 

Thank you in advance.

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ℬrίαη's picture

See this link for full explanation of ADC

About application and device control

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