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The amount of corporate data being transferred between devices with mobility, cloud services, and virtualization solutions has continued to increase year over year. With mobile and big data trends, the threat of malware has grown exponentially with more cybercriminals looking to hack company and client data than ever.

The year 2019 was a landmark for data breaches, with a 50% increase over the last four years, according to a report published by Risk Based Security. While this may not concern your company, it’s interesting to note that 43% of breaches happen at small companies, yet 85% of small to medium-sized businesses think data breach is unlikely. Unfortunately, cybersecurity is not a “nice-to-have” anymore. It’s a must-have.

Not only are the chances of data breach high, so are the costs. The costs continue to increase, with the average global cost of a single breach hovering at $3.62 million. 60 percent of small companies go out of business within six months of falling victim to a data breach or cyber attack. These hefty fees include the cost of IT support to resolve the incident and IT services to implement preventative measures, as well as the loss of business opportunity. The damage is done to businesses’ reputations and data breach fallout in these instances is immeasurable. See how much data breach could cost your company with IBM’s Data Breach Calculator.

Anti-Virus Protection

The traditional way of protecting your company from malware by installing basic anti-malware and firewall software doesn’t pass today’s security requirements. With companies using mobile devices such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, and USBs, basic anti-virus software simply isn’t enough anymore.

The choices for anti-virus software can be overwhelming with many levels and add-ons. The good news is that these options are packaged to provide all-encompassing protection to fill the gaps in security caused by different endpoint devices. Plus, implementing a cybersecurity defence provides peace of mind for your business and employees.

An all-in-one solution is required for companies to protect themselves against malware. When choosing an all-inclusive anti-virus solution, it’s important to ensure you check off the following items:

1. Reputable

Ensure the anti-virus is from a well-known solution provider. You’ll want to partner with a company that will provide a solid solution with continued IT support and updates to keep your data safe. Free and no-name anti-virus solutions most often fail to meet security criteria for businesses today with limited protection ability.

2. Compatible

Make sure the anti-virus isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution and can adapt to your business needs as they evolve. Out-of-the-box solutions do not fit businesses properly and leave gaps between security applications and policies, which is an invitation for any malware or virus.

3. Integrated

Anti-virus software is deployed from a central location and fills the gaps in security management between different devices. Having centralized software streamlines processes, which means less time and cost is required to keep maintenance up-to-date, and less worry over potential security gaps. The solution should also provide patch management, vulnerability scans, and imaging/provisioning to verify there’s no room for “break and enter.”

4. Frequent

Anti-virus software should be updated every hour or two to give real-time protection against threats as they emerge. Often, software only scans once a week, however, this leaves too much time for viruses or malware to enter and manifest. Choose an anti-virus that has the ability to do a quick scan every hour or two and a full deep scan once each week.

5. Mobile

Anti-virus software should include the management of mobile devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets, and USBs) to secure all of your bases. Mobile devices are most threatened by malware and viruses and should be safeguarded to ensure nothing gets into the company’s network. With current Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trends, this is especially important to standardize security measures.

By checking off these five steps to a total anti-virus solution, you’re adding layered protection around your company. In addition to these minimum requirements to safeguard company data and programs, there are advanced security options such as encryption, license management, and network administration. These options are not essential for all businesses. However, if you do not have IT support and require software and asset management, or if your company requires the best protection for each network level, these options will meet your unique needs.

Solid anti-virus software maximizes efficiency and reduces business risk and the complexity of keeping your network safe. Anti-virus shouldn’t break the bank, and it shouldn’t cause a headache. If anything, a solid cybersecurity defense will provide peace of mind. By thinking beyond simple anti-virus software and about your entire network, and all of the devices, users, and applications in it, the best solution is an all-in-one solution that meets reputation, compatibility, integration, frequency, and mobility requirements.

SysGen Managed Security Services

SysGen provides the best cybersecurity defense for your business by focusing on three elements: People, Policy, and Technology. We offer three tiers of protection based on the needs of your organization: ESS, ESS+, and ESS+ Realtime. Talk to the SysGen team today to learn more about our Managed Security Services. To explore SysGen’s IT support and managed IT services in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Vernon, and Kelowna, connect with us here. Learn more about SysGen’s cloud offering, cybersecurity services, and technology consulting here.

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Michael Silbernagel, BSc, CCSP, CISSP

Senior Security Analyst

Michael is a lifelong technology enthusiast with over 20 years of industry experience working in the public and private sectors. As the Senior Security Analyst, Michael leads the cybersecurity consulting and incident response (CSIRT) teams at SysGen; he is the creator of SysGen’s Enhanced Security Services (ESS), our holistic and comprehensive cybersecurity offering that focuses on people, technology, policy, and process.