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SEP in place of Symantec Management Agent?

Created: 01 Feb 2013 • Updated: 01 Feb 2013 | 4 comments
ANaybor's picture
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I was wondering whether SEP could be used in place of Symantec Management Agent on endpoint machines. This is in the context of DLP, so I am trying to use Symantec Management Platform to manage DLP agents. As a follow up, if this isn't possible and a customer has SEP, does that mean they have to have SEP, SMA, and the DLP agents all running concurrently?



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ᗺrian's picture

SEP has the ability to do network application monitoring, whitelisting (system lockdown), and the ability to keep track of all applications that run on the system but these are more of "nice to have" features. They should not be a replacement for DLP as DLP is so much more robust. If you're strapped for cash or have a smaller environment, than it could probably work.

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ANaybor's picture

Sorry, not looking for SEP to replace DLP.

Basically, I want to manage DLP Endpoint Agents with Symantec Management Platform (SMP), which is an integration feature of DLP and SMP. The DLP admin guide says I need to install the Symantec Management Agent on each machine before installing the DLP agent, in order to communicate with SMP. Many customers already have Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP), which itself is another agent. I'm trying to figure out whether I can use SEP in lieu of the Management Agent.

I'm not sure why Symantec would have a customer install and run three seperate agents on their machines. That seems fairly taxing...

mclemson's picture

Yes, you must run all three for full management capability: the SMA, the DLP agent/plug-in for SMP, and the SEP client.

Mike Clemson, Senior Systems Engineer, ASC
Intuitive Technology Group -- Symantec Platinum Partner

ANaybor's picture

Gotcha. Thanks for the response!