Symantec is no longer available at a discounted charity rate. We explore the alternatives to help your organisation find the right fit
As of last week, Symantec is no longer available at a discounted charity rate. For existing subscribers, this means that when your current subscription expires, you’ll no longer be able to purchase their products through Charity Digital and will have to purchase them directly at market price.
In the current environment of remote working, cyber security is more important than ever. This is not the time to be unprotected. Charities are at an increased risk of being targeted by cyber criminals. This is because they are often seen as an ‘easy target’.
With more charity staff working remotely than ever before, and therefore more vulnerable to a cyber attack, charity digital leaders must take extra precautions to secure their systems and data.
Charities have a legal and ethical duty to protect user data. This is particularly true of charities that work with vulnerable service users.
Having known about this for some time we have been able to identify similar products that can help you keep your charity safe and secure.
The following products will help you to replace Symantec as a vital part of your cyber security infrastructure.
However, having known about this for some time we have been able to identify similar products that can help you keep your charity safe and secure.
If you find that you have questions or don’t understand some of the terms used in this article, check out our comprehensive beginner’s guide to cyber security.
Avast Business Antivirus is an award-winning, full-featured antivirus solution designed for small and medium-sized enterprises. It keeps devices protected from today’s sophisticated cyber threats – such known ransomware variants or never-seen-before, zero-day attacks.
One aspect of Avast’s product that will be particularly relevant to charities in the current climate is Avast CloudCare - an all-in-one security platform delivered entirely through the cloud.
Avast’s intuitive and easy-to-use dashboard allows you to oversee the security of all of your systems from a single cloud-based platform.
The Dreadnought Centre found that Avast CloudCare allowed them to protect a dispersed team with varying levels of IT skills. They were able to set up their new systems quickly and easily to make sure that remote workers were fully-protected. They are also able to remotely initiate virus scans at regular intervals to safeguard against new threats.
Avast is also scalable, so you can provide layered security services to multiple offices, networks, devices and home workers. Having an Avast subscription also helps you achieve your Cyber Essentials Accreditation, meaning that your users will feel reassured that their data is secure.
An annual subscription to Avast Antivirus is available at a discounted charity rate of £6.00. Find out more here.
Bitdefender offer a number of products at discounted charity rates.
The most comprehensive of these is Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security. This subscription includes licenses for 10 users.
GravityZone provides a number of features to protect networked laptops, desktops, servers, and virtual machines from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, rootkits, and other threats. For charity cyber security professionals with network administration experience, this hefty product can be used to reduce resource costs and centrally manage protection for your organisation’s network.
An annual subscription to Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security is available at a discounted charity rate of £46.00. Find out more here.
The Norton LifeLock programme holds multiple offers within in. For example, Norton Security Deluxe protects computers, tablets, and smartphones against the latest online threats and also includes tools for tuning up systems. It does most of its work in the background while consuming few system resources and requiring little user interaction.
With an annual subscription available through Charity Digital at a discounted charity rate of £10.00 per annum, this product won’t break the bank.
Charities that require more than five licenses can also purchase discounted charity subscriptions to Norton Small Business.
An annual subscription to Norton Security Deluxe is available at a discounted charity rate of £10.00. Find out more here.
F-secure is a cloud-based business protection solution with easy and instant deployment from your browser.
This endpoint security system protects your organisation continuously from threats like ransomware and data breaches.
F-secure is easy to manage from a single console. Their technology effectively combats ransomware and other malware and provides fully integrated patch management capability based on missing patches and a patching priority list.
They even have a dedicated service for migrating from Symantec.
Kaspersky offer a number of business-level cyber security products tailored to small organisations. They offer some of the world’s most tested, award-winning protection and have several times been listed as a Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for endpoint protection platforms. Their Transparency Centre ensures unparalleled control over your data.
Kaspersky is a premium product that charges a premium price. A basic subscription starts at £111.00.