Antivirus Protection May Not Be Enough to Safeguard Your Business

Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to infiltrate businesses, and the reality is that traditional antivirus software only protects against a specific segment of threats from the broad cyberattack spectrum. With remote work presenting new opportunities for attackers, small to medium businesses (SMBs) need to consider adding layers to their security strategy now more than ever. What are the other threats? And why doesn’t antivirus handle them?

SOPHISTICATED ENDPOINT THREATS

Traditional antivirus can prevent common attacks, but cybercriminals are constantly developing new ways to evade detection including executable or fileless malware, document and browser exploits, malicious scripts, and credential scraping. These threats require sophisticated technology like AI in order to be detected and actively remediated.

  • 57% of IT professionals are using more than one endpoint solution.
  • 69% of organizations don’t believe the threats they’re seeing can be blocked by their anti-virus software.
  • 64% of SMBs experienced one or more endpoint attacks that successfully compromised data in 2018.

Advanced endpoint protection solutions such as Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) or Advanced Threat Security (ATS) use automation, machine learning, and behavioral monitoring to detect, respond to, and eliminate a diverse range of threat vectors.

EMAIL THREATS

The number one entryway for malware is the inbox. Email attacks with malicious links or files can quickly infect a device or network with a single click. While endpoint security can prevent most attacks, there’s no way to know what new types of threats could come via email, including ones capable of evading antivirus.

  • 94% of all malware is delivered by email.
  • 48% of malicious email attachments are Office files.
  • Business email compromise (BEC) scams cost organizations $676 million in 2017.

Reduce your risk by making sure malicious emails never even make it to the inbox. Email security solutions offer spam detection, multi-layer antivirus, and robust filter rules engines.

PHISHING

A successful phishing message can lure an employee into accidentally giving away critical business information, such as logins, personally identifiable information (PII), and valuable files. Armed with these, attackers have the keys to the kingdom and can cause whatever damage they please. With increased reliance on communication apps, it’s no wonder this common tactic is skyrocketing in 2020.

  • 88% of organizations in the United States faced a phishing attempt in 2019 and 65% experienced a successful attack.
  • Since the shift to remote work started in 2020, phishing attacks have increased by 350%.
  • 67% of all ransomware attacks come via a phishing email.

A robust anti-phishing solution can filter out phishing attempts, add tools to allow employees to report suspicious emails, and even provide employee training on how to avoid attacks.

HOW DOES IT ALL COME TOGETHER?

Implementing a comprehensive, layered security strategy means putting in place effective solutions for endpoint, email, and anti-phishing protection. With these solutions working together, your security posture is elevated enough to handle the ever-increasing and evolving threats of cybercrime.

The team at Anderson ZurMuehlen Technology Services is equipped to help you strengthen your business’ protection. If you need assistance determining your business’ online security, please contact us!

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