Businesses are as vigilant today as they were when antivirus protection was introduced over twenty years ago. Of course the software has evolved and now includes a suite of features including: e-mails scanning tool, secure data storages, data shredders and many more. A reliable antivirus solution can assist in protecting the user and a business, from numerous security threats and significantly reduce the risks of data breach.
Choosing the right antivirus solution is an important task. There are free options and of course they’ve better than no protection at all. Startups and micro businesses can do well using the free options however they will eventually out grow them. The software is essentially the first line of defense against phishing, malware and cyber attacks.
Single or Multi User
Naturally, the choice of antivirus protection depends on the size of your business and the number of users as well as the volume of computers and devices (tablets, smartphones).
A multi-user solution that protects several platforms is a great option even for smaller enterprises as it offer scalability. Desktop PCs and laptops running on Windows, are now often complemented with Macs, mobile devices, business servers and cloud-based applications. Solutions designed by industry leaders as MacAffee, Norton and Bitdefender that are a good choice for most businesses.
Machine Learning and AI
Leading antivirus suits use machine learning and artificial intelligence when scanning your network in search of potential threats.
Good antivirus solutions should efficiently cope with zero-day threats, and cloud-based solutions may be more efficient in detecting malware in a timely manner, as they have access to the database in the cloud. As soon as the issue is flagged elsewhere, the broader network is informed to look for similar threats. However, if you prefer on-premise antiviruses, you can find one that would efficiently detect most of the threats as well.
Check AV-TEST results as well as other independent labs reports to see if your selected antivirus software is reliable and efficient enough.
Another thing for you to consider when selecting an antivirus solution is its impact on the system. The problem here is that in order to efficiently detect all the threats an antivirus needs to have a huge database of known malware signatures, which takes up a lot of space on a hard drive.
Scanning may significantly slow down the devices of your employees provoking a natural sense of dissatisfaction. Still, some on-premises antiviruses are more lightweight, and cloud-based solutions do not have such a drawback due to a different principle of operation.
Therefore, we recommend to pick either the most lightweight on-premise antivirus or go for a cloud-based service if a stable Internet connection is not an issue for your company and you are ready to pay more (could antiviruses usually come at a higher price).
With many free options on the market there’s no excuse for not having antivirus protection. The paid versions are a better fit for multi-user environs as they offer so much more and a hack or data breach could end up costing a business in lost revenue and clients. As the saying goes: prevention is better than cure.