Next-gen antivirus vs. traditional antivirus is a question that many businesses over the last year have had to address with increasing urgency.
The cybersecurity landscape for businesses changed dramatically in the 2010s, and the onset of the pandemic in 2020 only ramped up the change.
Attacks became more frequent and in many cases more severe, with unprepared businesses facing the brunt of the damage.
Nearly 20% of all cyber attacks hit small businesses with 250 or fewer employees. Roughly 60% of small businesses close within six months of a cyber attack.
The unfortunate aspect of the vast majority of cyberattacks is that they are completely avoidable when the correct solutions are utilized.
Cybercriminals operate on law-of-averages approach—they are betting that of the many companies they target, at least one of them will have an under- or poorly-developed cybersecurity policy, and those organizations are the most susceptible to attack.
Then when you take into account that 16% of businesses globally are cutting their cybersecurity budgets—not a small number by any means—you have an environment in which a proportion of companies are certain to be breached.
Even many of those who do have solutions have outdated or legacy technology (like traditional antivirus) which isn’t capable of detecting and preventing modern threats, such as:
- Memory-based attacks
- Remote logins
- PowerShell scripting language
- Macro-based attacks
We’ve put together this handy infographic to help get an understanding of what the differences between next-gen and traditional antivirus are, and why it’s important for organizations that take their data security seriously to invest in modern solutions for threats from bad actors.