Small and medium-size companies have scarce resources and significantly less IT infrastructure than large enterprises. And they don't have the time to manage and configure every desktop. The best choice for them is an integrated solution with easy management. Check for the following features when creating your security system.
A security appliance, with its hardened operating system, easy installation and configuration, and wide set of features (firewall, antivirus, anti-spam, and remote access is one popular combination) is the option we recommend for SMB perimeter security.
Centralised control of desktop software
In addition to the perimeter measures, a strong, layered security defence requires desktop software such as antivirus and firewalls. For SMBs, centralised control of this desktop software is a necessity. Centralised control tools put command in the hands of a knowledgeable network administrator or consultant, instead of passing the configuration options to end users who may not have the know-how to configure complex rules.
True perimeter, desktop, and server security integration
Ideally, an SMB administrator or consultant should manage and monitor perimeter security (firewall, antivirus, anti-spam) and desktop/server security (antivirus, personal firewall, intrusion detection) holistically. That means you should work with consistent management interfaces, consistent reporting interfaces, and integration where appropriate.
Don't be fooled by vendors that cobble together a bunch of unrelated products with disparate admin consoles.