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November 17, 2015

4 Tips to Choose the Right Antivirus Solution

Drew McCallum
Product Solutions Analyst
ConnectWise, Inc.
4 Tips to Choose the Right Antivirus Solution

Large or small, your clients’ businesses are vulnerable to security threats.

With reports of cyber intrusions on the rise and tougher legislation requiring many of your clients to protect records more rigorously than ever before, security has become a key concern for many business owners. Some studies suggest that the fallout from compromised records in the U.S. could cost upwards of $200 per record. And on a global and enterprise scale, IDC predicts that $500 billion and 1.2 billon hours will be spent on the after-effects of security breaches.

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And it’s certainly not getting any easier to keep systems secure, so it’s crucial to have the right antivirus solution in place. What should you look for in your antivirus solution?

Four Antivirus Must-Haves:

Real-time Protection

Your chosen antivirus solution should provide real-time protection from viruses, malware, spyware, Trojans, rootkits, phishing and other Internet threats. A solution that offers behavior-based detection can help protect against emerging and zero-day threats.

Integration

Industry best practices suggest choosing an antivirus solution that integrates with your remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform to increase efficiency. By integrating your AV solution and your RMM, you’ll be able to:

  • Install and activate agents remotely
  • Schedule ad hoc or on-demand scans and definition updates
  • Configure and apply security policies across entire clients or groups
  • Perform day-to-day security tasks through a single console

Plus, you get single-pane-of-glass visibility into the security status of all your managed endpoints, so you can see at-a-glance that your antivirus solution is doing its job.

Automation

Integration increases efficiency, but automation maximizes it. Look for a level of RMM integration that enables you to automate many of your day-to-day antivirus tasks, such as definition updates, service restarts, scans and more.

Reputation

Even for small companies, the risk of cybersecurity issues is significant, so look for a solution with an industry reputation for excellence and a history of strong client support. Do your research and see what others in the industry are saying about different products before you buy. You should also check out third-party sources, such as the Virus Bulletin and Antivirus-Comparatives, to compare products and see how the various solutions measure up.

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Drew McCallum Product Solutions Analyst
ConnectWise, Inc.

As co-founder of his own managed services business, Drew truly understands the day-to-day challenges of building an IT services business from the ground up.

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4 thoughts on “4 Tips to Choose the Right Antivirus Solution

  1. softchamp says:

    I think AVG AntiVirus Free has it all.

  2. Nice article. I always prefer to choose a premium antivirus or internet security which provides regular database updates. Your tips are good for sure. :)

  3. Rejeev Singh says:

    I would say that I am for ESET Antivirus as the best business antivirus solution. It has larger virus database and it updates frequently and it is easy to use. Another thing, it doesnt just deleted the infected files right away. Instead, it put it in quarantine first then deleted it safely.

  4. SZR Hossain says:

    Wow thanks for the suggestion. It really needs to know.

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