How to Make Sure that Antivirus is on your Endpoints – Security Boulevard

Its now more critical than ever for small- to medium- sized businesses to have strong antivirus (AV) software on all of their endpoints. According to Symantecs 2019 Internet Security Threat Report, only 14% of small businesses say they have a highly effective ability to mitigate cyber attack even though 43% of all those attacks target small businesses.

It was an easier problem to solve in the past, when IT admins were responsible for Microsoft Windows systems in a predominantly Windows environment that was largely on-prem. The basic rule of thumb then was:

But much has changed. The cloud has moved apps, infrastructure, and files off-prem. Mac and Linux machines now populate the workplace meaning its no longer one-antivirus-fits-all. SCCM isnt the comprehensive solution that it used to be either.

And with current predictions saying that cybercrime will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, businesses now cant afford to not have strict policies that mandate antivirus be on all endpoints.

Endpoints will always need to be secured, regardless of whether or not their data is stored in the cloud. A compromised endpoint can easily lead to compromised applications and infrastructure even cloud infrastructure full of critical data. And while Mac and Linux may be targeted less frequently by malware, theyre not immune.

The fact is that end users still download and save information on their own systems, and the device itself grants them access to everything else proprietary data, resources, and other secured information. AV protects against the possibility of the endpoint being taken over by a nefarious outsider, as well as malware, (Read more...)

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