Antivirus and Internet Security: Options and Best Practices

In our recent post about Understanding Potential Cyber Threats: Your Email Inbox we addressed cybersecurity and the different types of attacks that can jeopardize your personal and business data. It’s critical that your network environment is secure and that your company has a long-term security strategy in place. It’s also critical that desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets are protected against hackers and should factor into your long-term security plan. The question is how can a business do this and be cost effective?

Antivirus Software and Your Network

Bennett Office Technologies partners with Kaspersky Lab to provide its large, medium and small business clients hosted antivirus solutions that protect their environment and scale as demand grows. Bennett’s team of IT Service professionals assess a client’s network and hardware environment, identify gaps and deliver solutions that remove the risk and burden from businesses struggling to keep up with the changing climate of cybercrime. When clients opt for a hosted antivirus solution they are no longer challenged with maintaining security updates, licensing and management. They can incorporate new equipment into their environment, whether it’s a fleet of printers or mobile devices, with the knowledge that Bennett’s team of experts is managing and executing the long-term security plan.

The Cost of Antivirus Protection

The cost of antivirus protection will vary by the number of licenses purchased and the length of time the licenses are purchased for. The cost of allocating IT staff to execute and maintain a client’s environment offsets the cost of implementing a hosted solution. By removing the risk of executing a security plan with limited resources and expertise, the risk and cost of lost productivity, data and trust in the event of a security breach is greatly reduced.

Antivirus Best Practices

There are some simple steps employees can follow to reduce their exposure to hackers and taking the time to train staff can empower them to act proactively against malicious practices such as phishing scams. Staff can flag and delete emails with suspicious attachments. Alternatively email software can scan attachments prior to download or attachments can be blocked server side to eliminate the risk completely. A security management console can be configured to never allow mobile devices to download applications from unknown sources. Mobile devices can be configured with a firewall and VPN to protect against the risk of exposure to hackers when connecting to a public network. Antivirus software should be configured to automatically update and road warriors should be held accountable for bringing in laptops to ensure they have the latest OS security updates.

The Risks without Current Antivirus Protection

Companies who operate without a security plan or solid antivirus solution run a range of risks, from a denial of service (DoS) attack, ransomware to data breaches. In a DoS attack a network and/or associated devices can be targeted with a flood of traffic rendering them inaccessible to legitimate users. Data breaches can expose customer data and must be acknowledged immediately, Equifax’s data breach exposed the data of 143 million customers in 2017.

Cybersecurity, and Antivirus Protection with Bennett Office Technology

The risks of cybercrime are increasing as hackers become more sophisticated. Contact Bennett Office Technologies for a Free Technology Assessment, we’ll review your security concerns and recommend the appropriate course of action to protect your technology assets.

We treat our clients as partners and hire the best certified IT technicians to work with us. Complete our Free Technology Assessment form and we’ll contact you to do a free assessment of your IT business needs, and we’ll contact you to schedule a free session!

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