You may have heard this quote floating around the internet grapevine: ‘Antivirus is dead’, coined by Brian Dye, one of Norton antivirus’s very own developers. It may shock you to know that this statement actually holds a lot of truth, but of course, it’s not as black and white as this — nothing ever is!
So listen up…
All the way back in 1991, Symantec released the first version of Norton antivirus software. Around the same time, the equally popular AVG (antivirus guard) software was founded (going by the name of Grisoft at the time).
Over twenty years later and Norton and AVG are still popular and widely used, but the question now arising is:
Are they enough?
Obviously, the Norton and AVG we use nowadays are massive improvements compared to the first versions released back in the 90s. All antivirus software is constantly upgrading and updating in order to continue protecting us from the threats caused by the internet underbelly. According to The Guardian: ‘Symantec [is being forced to] diversify its products, moving into the “detect and respond” sector rather than the simple “protect” segment.’ But, the truth of it is, the very moment a new antivirus software is released, there will be a team of internet baddies at the ready giving it their best shot to hack it. An article on PCWorld.com states that, ‘While detecting and protecting against malicious software installed on your computer still plays a very vital role, many of the sophisticated attacks of today still manage to penetrate PCs with antivirus programs installed.’
When Brian Dye released his ‘Antivirus is dead’ statement, he also admitted that antivirus software only catches 45% of malware attacks, which, while an acceptable figure (no use throwing your antivirus software away because of this), subsequently answers our question: No. Antivirus software alone is not enough.
So what now?!
Don’t panic. Just like in the movies, the good guys will always prevail.
Luckily there are more ways to protect yourself and your business. Here’s our top three recommendations:
1. Enhanced Disaster Recovery options
If you don’t have one already, you need to consider creating a disaster recovery plan which will outline what needs to be done in order for your company to prepare, and ultimately, recover from any kind of security breach or attack.
There are an increasing number of horror stories emerging online of companies being blackmailed by hackers that have targeted their computer systems with Trojan Horse programs that basically give the hacker complete control over their system. Having a Disaster Recovery plan and performing regular tests is an essential component in making sure you can continue trading without interruption. Disaster Recovery works by enabling your data to be moved to other physical servers without interruption to services. Llip offers various flexible on-site and online Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity solutions for all types of customers.
2. Cloud Storage
Cloud Storage is the process of data being stored online — ‘in the cloud’. This means that your data will not only be safely stored but also available to access via the internet on any device. With Llip Cloud you can back up all of your critical data in a way that is not only cost-effective, but time-saving too. It is vital to back up your data in order to protect your company from set-backs should a security breach occur.
3 Keep up-to-date
As mentioned above, experts at Norton antivirus have practically admitted to struggling to keep up with internet hackers. If the experts start to struggle, you know there is a serious problem. The only way we can advise you further is to keep yourself in the know - read blog articles (like this one!), search for updated antivirus software every now and then, watch informative videos. IT Security company Sophos update their YouTube channels with regular videos like this one that should keep you up to date with all the DON’Ts of internet security:
We hope this has given you an insight into the importance of protecting your computer systems correctly and effectively. If you have any quick questions please drop them into the comment box below, or if you would like to discuss any of the solutions mentioned then please contact us via the ‘Contact Us’ page.
Thanks for reading!