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The importance of a corporate antivirus solution for your business and the choices available

It is essential in today’s world that you have good antivirus protection in your business. New viruses are being released each day and it can be detrimental to your business if you become infected. The growth in the number of viruses and the speed in which they are spreading has followed the trend in internet growth.

Community and voluntary organisations are particularly at risk as they often don’t have the time and money to invest in proper antivirus protection. For these organisations time and money spent from recovering from an infection can be doubly expensive. Even more costly could be the risk of leaking sensitive personal data.

Don’t rely upon free antivirus products or ones which came bundled with your computer, having a good antivirus solution within your business will save you both time and money. It isn’t just about the threat to your business; there is a social responsibility to prevent spreading viruses to others, which may be your clients.

The different types of Corporate Antivirus product

There are two different ways to manage the antivirus protection within your company – standalone protection or centrally managed protection.

Standalone Protection

Standalone protection is managed on the PC that it’s running on and does not affect any other computers on your network. This is the best option for organisations that have less than five computers and don’t have a server. For users working from home or users who work remotely for long periods it is also the best protection. Even with standalone protection you can still get a discount for buying multiple licences in one go.

Centralised Protection

Centralised protection is managed from a central computer (normally a company’s server) and enables the antivirus software from all the computers on your network to be managed and controlled in one place. This means that if a virus infects on of the computers on your network you can easily be alerted. Virus definitions are often downloaded on the central server and then pushed out to the pc’s when they are available. This is generally the best option for companies with multiple pc’s on their network where managing pc’s individually would be more time consuming and inefficient.

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