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3 Key Focus Areas for Effective Malware Defense

Deb Gannaway
by Deb Gannaway on Feb 1, 2018 9:39:53 AM

Malware threats continue to be a major source of concern for business leaders. According to a report from Nationwide, nearly 60 percent of small businesses have been victims of a cyberattack over the past year. Even more startling, most weren’t even aware that they had been breached. These attacks include computer viruses, phishing scams, Trojan horses, hacking, data breaches, and ransomware.

The report also says lack of preparedness was a significant issue for the attacked businesses with more than half saying they didn’tmalware-899042-edited.jpeg have a dedicated employee or vendor monitoring for cyberattacks.

Malware and threat detection is a key to preventing the theft of intellectual property and customer data as well as reducing the cost and efforts of dealing with attacks. Higher threat detection effectiveness increases the speed with which you can detect, block, contain, and remediate threats. It reduces false positives which allows staff to better focus on real threats.

There are three key areas to focus on as you implement your Malware defense plan.

Endpoint Security

The best way to defend against Malware is to stop it before it gets into your system. That requires setting a foundation of integration, automation, and orchestration of both your consumer and enterprise endpoints. The key is using a single agent architecture that breaks down silos between isolated capabilities to enhance efficiency and protection. A single platform that combines firewall, reputation, and heuristics with the latest in machine learning technology is the best way to stop zero-day malware before it can infect your endpoints.

Data Center Intrusion Prevention

Effective network security means continually evolving to mean the advanced attacks you now face. Protecting against dangerous intrusions requires intelligent threat prevention with intuitive security management. The most effective threat prevention relies on next generation inspection architecture designed to perform deep inspection of network traffic while at the same time maintaining line-rate speeds. The ideal platform combines full protocol analysis, threat reputation, behavior analysis, and advanced malware analysis to detect and prevent known and zero-day attacks on your network.

Mobile Security

As more organizations move to a mobile workforce, more people are connecting to your network from home computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Theft of mobile devices and malware targeted specifically for remote devices is on the rise. Your security plan must incorporate ways to prevent hackers from using them as unauthorized portals into your system. The most effective mobile security includes kernel-level security extensions that helps block and secure devices from malware delivered through malicious applications and websites while minimizing impact to performance and conserving battery power.

McAfee has been awarded the AV-Test Best Usability Award which is given annually to the most user-friendly enterprise-class product for defending against malware threats. The award is largely based on minimizing false positives while still protecting the endpoint. Contact DG Technology to discover how you can leverage McAfee’s award winning suite of security tools to protect your business from dangerous malware.

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