SecurITy – #5: Anti-Malware

SecurITy - Anti-Malware
Malware has many faces, does your solution identify them all?
Implementing an anti-virus system in your environment is as necessary as implementing email. But have you considered an anti-malware system?
While many of us might assume that anti-virus and anti-malware systems are one in the same, this is not the case.
 

Anti-Virus vs. Anti-Malware

There is a distinction between anti-virus and anti-malware systems.  Malware, by definition, is an umbrella term that refers to any malicious software that has the ability to disrupt your environment.  Malware can take the form of a virus infection, an infected application, infected computer file, etc. all of which are capable of harming your system.
 
Viruses, on the other hand, are only one form of malware that can infect a system.
 
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As a result, anti-malware systems will identify and remove all forms of malware whereas anti-virus systems are capable of only removing viruses from your environment.
 
This is a large distinction and one that cannot afford to be ignored.  The solution?  Implement an anti-malware solution into your environment.
 

Webroot Anti-Malware

When deciding on an anti-malware solution, our product of choice is Webroot Anti-Malware Protection.
 
Webroot provides a robust form of malware protection.  Using Cloud-based heuristics, Webroot works in real time to scan the Internet and surrounding environment for any malicious threats that could harm your system.
 
Its knowledge base is continuously updated, meaning it has the ability to identify, quarantine, and remove the most recent virus threats.
 
Webroot also takes up less resources on your computers, less than 1MB, and will not disrupt the performance or speed of your system.
 
It is also capable of working with existing antivirus programs that are installed on your servers and desktops.  Working in tandem with programs such as Kaspersky and Vipre, Webroot will not impact the performance of these systems or steal away its resources.
 
Finally, Webroot scans for all forms of malware that could potentially harm your computer.  As mentioned above, whether that threat takes the form of a virus, infected email, computer document, etc. Webroot is able to identify and remove it from your systems.
 

Webroot Gets Results

With such a robust system, you have to ask, does it work?  Overall, the answer is yes.  Case in point, we tested the power of Webroot by infecting one of our machines with over 600 different viruses.  Webroot was able to identify and quarantine all of them resulting in not a single virus getting through to infect the machine!
 
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SecurITy Tip:

Instead of investing in an anti-virus solution, invest in an anti-malware solution.  Having that extra layer of protection goes a long way towards securing your system.  With ransomware viruses becoming more prevalent and sophisticated, having solutions in place that will protect your systems from getting infected are crucial.
Webroot is able to keep up with the demands and ever-changing nature of malware, working with your other systems and virus solutions to protect your environment.
 
At Triella, we recently incorporated Webroot into our suite of software products and have dispatched the software to more than half of our clients.  For more information on Webroot and whether it is a good fit for your business, give us a call at 647-426-1004.
 
 
Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publicationsTriella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
© 2017 by Triella Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction with credit is permitted.
 

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