Choosing the Right Anti-Virus Program

Virus attack concept. Control panel with red light and warning. Conceptual image symbol of computer infection.We are connected to the Internet 24 x 7 x 365, usually with multiple devices at the same time — working from your laptop, your phone all while your family is connected to their phones, laptops, tablets, and gaming devices.  All these devices are designed to make our lives better and allow us to keep up with all our activities and tasks.

What happens when these devices are used against us? Cyber attackers are working every day to improve their strategies to steal your data, money, and identity or use your resources for malicious activities. Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware are more important than ever, but they are not the only software that we should invest in to protect ourselves.

The Facts – Did you know?

  • A cyberattack is attempted every 39 seconds.
  • In 2020 80% of companies have seen an increase in cyberattacks.
  • The damage related to cybercrime is projected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021.
  • 2 in 5 small-to-medium businesses are been a victim of a ransomware attack.
  • There are over 350,000 new malicious programs registered every day.
  • According to Google 1.4 million websites are deemed unsafe to browse, only 51,000 of those sites were delisted because of malware. That means 85% of those 1.4 million are most likely phishing sites.
  • Out of 50,000 security incidents, email is responsible for 92% of the cases.
  • Browser-based malware (Drive-by-Downloads) are 6% of security breaches.

You must have something guarding you on all fronts while you are connected to the Internet to monitor, update parameters, protect, notify and do so on a constant basis.

How to choose the best antivirus software and service solution for your business:

  • Be sure it’s a top-rated antivirus software package
    • It’s important that you read up on the different AV providers. Check out AV-Test and AV-Comparatives to do your research.

  • Determine the features you need
    • Depending on the antivirus you choose, there will be additional features and tools available for malware attacks, content control, etc.  It is recommended that you speak with your IT team to determine what bells and whistles you need. This will help you make a plan and save money in the long run.

  • Plan for all devices
    • Consider the # of devices and platforms/OS capability required; including your servers, computers, laptops, tablets and phones. If it connects to the Internet you want to protect it with an AV program. Choose the one that has the best options for you to cover all your devices at home and at the office.

  • Determine your goals
    • How many devices currently have AV, what type of security is in place today, what access do the devices have to valuable data/accounts, and do you have remote devices under the same or equal protection?
    • If you are not sure what to choose, what additional security services you need, how to implement it across all devices or how to manage it ongoing, then you will want to enlist an IT service provider to help you.
  • Determine how much you want to spend

    • This may be your number one concern; however the above listed are more important to ensure you have the right solution. When weighing out the pricing options, take into consideration the cost of a breach, downtime, clean up, or data loss.
    • In addition to AV, there are other aspects of your network, devices, and security that you need to address to optimize protection across the board.
  • Implementation and Maintenance
    • Once you’ve decided upon your program, it is important to implement on all devices throughout your infrastructure.
    • Initial configuration should include continuous updates, constant scanning and scheduled full scans.
    • It is imperative that you have regular reviews of the analytics of the software health and attempted breaches to ensure there are no vulnerabilities or unprotected users.

Man sits near laptop with phone blocked and encrypted by ransomware spyware asking for money. Laptop and smartphone infected by virus. Scary red skull crossbones on screen. Cyber security theme.Share all of this with a trusted IT service provider to get an overall plan and budget to meet your security goals. If you need more information, or have any questions, please contact ISOCNET so we can assist you.

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