While it is true that any protection is better than no protection, your business cybersecurity should not be left to chance. So yes, your business should be using an antivirus program, but that isn’t where the story ends. Many users feel that a free antivirus would work fine, but there are issues with this as well. Just as an example, Avast was collecting and selling their users’ actions, including purchase trends, personal sites visited, and search history.
Cybercriminals are always making their activities less vulnerable to antivirus solutions, which means that “traditional” antivirus tools are becoming less effective against them. These programs are still using signature databases to try identify potential threats on a computer, a very reactive approach to security.
Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) or “Next-gen antivirus” takes a far broader and proactive approach to cyberthreats on your network. It uses a traditional antivirus database, as well as other learning algorithms to detect bad applications based on their behaviour on your device, meaning that even if there was a brand new threat released, your device would be protected because the behaviour of the application would be flagged, not just the application.
There are also other benefits to using EDR, including the ability to “rollback” changes that a malicious application may have done to files on your computer. As an example, if your device is infected with Ransomeware, the EDR will kill and quarantine the application and then restore any files that were encrypted, without you even knowing.
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