The end of the antivirus?

The age of the antivirus is over – at least according to IT security giant Symantec.

Symantec – the security software company best known for its consumer-focused Norton antivirus software – has told the Wall Street Journal that antivirus software is “dead”.

The company’s boss, Brian Dye said that its software is managing to prevent just over half of attacks.

But what does that mean for you?

Well for a start, we strongly advise against removing any antivirus software from your business’ computers. While Symantec rightly points out that its antivirus software fails to prevent around 45 per cent of cyber-attacks, it isn’t as simple as it first seems.

For one, it means that antivirus software is still blocking 55 out of 100 attacks. Two, the attacks that it isn’t blocking aren’t the type of attack that antivirus software is designed to prevent.

Many of those attacks are known as social engineering – manipulating people into doing something that allows your computer to be breached.

An example of this may be a hacker sending your accounts department a file that claims to be an invoice. Opening that file then installs a file that gives the hacker access to your computer.

The only real way to prevent this type of attack is to train your staff not to open unsolicited or suspicious emails. But even then, it’s all to easy for a momentary lapse of judgement to be all it takes to undo all that hard work.

So what can you do to protect your business?

Symantec has said that it is moving its business to be more about responding to attacks and preventing it happening again.

That means it’s more important than ever to ensure that you frequently back up your company’s data. We’ve helped many small and medium sized companies to make sure their data is backed up frequently.

Should the worse happen and they get hacked, there is always a clean version of its data securely stored that can be restored quickly.

Frequent back ups of your companies data is crucial to getting back on your feet – the longer your business is crippled, the more money you will lose.

Speak to us today to find out how you can protect your business’ data in a world where your antivirus isn’t enough to keep you safe.

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