Wave Report

The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Antispyware, Q1 2006

McAfee, Trend Micro, And Symantec Lead In Our Product Evaluation

January 6th, 2006
Natalie Lambert
With contributors:
David Friedlander , Sarah Bernhardt


In the past few years, spyware has joined malicious code and hackers as a top IT security threat. It can steal both personal and corporate information, as well as slow down internal networks so that they are rendered useless — all while users never know it's there. Spyware can create a significant drain on IT support resources, and worse yet, it is used in corporate espionage and data theft. Firms may also get stuck footing the bill for spyware that affects employees and customers. Companies must take immediate steps to protect themselves and their customers against spyware. To assess the state of the enterprise antispyware market and see how the vendors stack up against each other, Forrester evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of top enterprise antispyware vendors across 105 criteria. The result: McAfee leads the pack with Trend Micro and Symantec nipping at its heels. Both offerings scale to any size organization and include robust management and reporting capabilities. Webroot Software and Sunbelt Software also offer solid solutions thanks to their strong overall architecture and spyware detection capabilities. Included in this report is an interactive vendor comparison tool that provides detailed product evaluations and customizable rankings.

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