When deciding which antivirus software is right for you, you have a wealth of options. First, you need to decide what you’re trying to defend: servers, desktops, mobile devices? For a small- or medium-sized business, antivirus is not just a matter of downloading and installing an application on your computer – you need a strategy.
Fortunately, many of the leading consumer antivirus providers also covers the needs of business. Providers like McAfee, Kaspersky, Symantec and BitDefender leap to the top of any Google search (we’re not talking about the ads).
The areas for consideration are wide-ranging and depending on your infrastructure. You can review the leading providers to match your areas of emphasis with those that independent reviewers verify are well-covered by the provider: Anti-Malware for Workstations, Anti-Malware for File Servers, Security for Mobile, Mobile Device Management, Controls (App, Device & Web), Encryption, Security for Mail, Security for Internet Gateways, and Security for Collaboration.
Let’s looks at a couple of the top players as examples. Kaspersky and Bitdefender invariably rate at the top in independent lab tests.
Kaspersky for Business covers all of the areas mentioned above; however, maximum coverage comes with a trade-off on price. They offer multiple bundles that you’ll need to evaluate carefully against your needs. Kaspersky also offers one-off targeted packages. Let’s say, for example, you wanted the introductory bundle but it did not cover a certain critical piece of your infrastructure, you could buy that from them ala carte.
BitDefender for Business (GravityZone) similarly offers bundles to choose from. They also allow for coverage on infrastructure that resides on premise, in-cloud or a hybrid of the two. This flexibility is critical in today’s ever-migrating to the cloud approach taken by most businesses.
While we could dive into the individual elements of each, we strongly recommend you research the wealth of test results conducted by independent labs that are then published by leading tech publications like PC Magazine or TechRadar.
For more information on selecting an antivirus software for your organization, contact Superior Technology online at www.superiortechnology.com or by phone at (845) 735-3555.
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