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:
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.
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.
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.
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.