Information security is one of the fastest growing markets in the tech industry today. With the fears of malicious intrusion, ransomware and DDoS attacks ramping up, a review of your business’ security technology is in order.
Security today is so much more than your traditional boxed antivirus products. It requires a layered approach where software, hardware, end user policy and device configurations all play a critical role in keeping your intellectual property or customer information safe.
Typically, many small and medium sized businesses still take the one and done standard antivirus approach where their provider or someone internally has installed a piece of antivirus software, often with little research, and assumes this is going to be sufficient to protect the system. If they don’t go beyond this step, and take account of the range of threats out there, there is a good chance that this approach will fail.
Antivirus software has been the first choice in defending environments from malware for nearly 30 years but many products continue to use the same tired technologies for virus detection. Traditional antivirus software depends on virus definitions and signatures that developers use to inform their software how to recognize and dispose of a threat. The issue with traditional antivirus applications is that they are often not able to detect malicious files for which signatures have not yet been developed and deployed.
The latest antivirus software takes a system-wide approach to evaluating threats. They are using artificial intelligence to evaluate every system process to determine the abnormal signature of an attack, and developing algorithms around how known malware is detected and how new viruses are exploiting systems. By analyzing all attributes of a file and its real-time behavior, these applications can identify threats based on how a file is operating. The advantage of this approach is that modern AV solutions can detect unknown threats on the day of attack, also known as a zero-day attacks, and stop viruses from spreading.
As I mentioned previously, antivirus is only one part of a layered approach to protecting your systems and data. Other components of your security solution include backup, disaster recovery and user training. For organization with critical security needs additional software, hardware and monitoring are necessary steps that need to be taken to adequately protect your data and systems from attack. Products such as DNS redirection, traffic monitoring and a host of solutions that control internet usage are all critical parts of a fully layered security stack.
At the very least it is critical that you are taking the first step in security by evaluating your antivirus application and backup solution to make sure that you have some protection and data protection in the event of an attack.