Most businesses run some form of malware protection on their servers, desktops, and laptops. And yet, crypto viruses like cryptowall and cryptolocker still hit these “protected” networks.
Here are 5 reasons your virus protection may fail when it comes to crypto viruses:
1) Limited Virus Profiles
Most anti-virus systems run locally on each device. They compare file changes with patterns related to known viruses as a means of identifying malware. The pattern, or definition, database, however is typically only a few GB in size. With this limitation, it is impossible to detect the many variant forms for viruses.
2) Periodic Virus Updates
Most locally installed anti-virus systems update periodically by connecting to a local distribution server or the anti-virus software vendor’s servers. Because updates are not real-time, there can be a gap of hours or even days between when your system is unable to detect new viruses or variants.
3) Behavior Analysis
Chances are good that your anti-virus software has some intelligence or heuristics that identify behaviors as likely malware. Chances are equally good that this analysis is triggered by file actions. Few anti-virus solutions monitor systems for virus-like behavior (such as an application rapidly opening and closing files) that are not triggered by user action.
4) Quarantine instead of Rollback
Most anti-virus solutions quarantine files that have known viruses or are likely to be infected. With crypto viruses, however, quarantining the file with the virus does nothing to protect or recover the files that have already been encrypted.
Most anti-virus solutions focus on PC and MAC platforms. But what happens when a virus is saved on a mobile device syncing with your server?
Fortunately, you do have options. Cloud based anti-virus solutions can overcome all five of these limitations. We offer a cloud-based solution that:
- Has a virus definition database over 2 TB (2,000 GB) in size
- Updates instantly and continuously when devices are connected to the Internet
- Analyzes behavior of the system and processes, not just those triggered by human action
- Will rollback suspicious activity, undoing damage before it can spread
- Has available protection across MAC, PC, Android, and iOS platforms from a single web-based console.
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Let us install a 30 free, no-obligation trial and see for yourself if your current anti-virus solution is giving you the protection you want or need.
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