The Importance of Having a Managed Antivirus

Craig Pollack | Mar 27, 2018

An unfortunate truth about many businesses today is that they believe it can’t happen to them. What is “it,” you may wonder? “It” is the data loss, brand image risks, and other issues that are encompassed in a variety of cybersecurity concerns, including:

  • Data breaches
  • Hacks
  • Malware
  • Viruses

A common misconception among many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) is that their businesses aren’t at risk simply due to their size. Additionally, 95% of surveyed small business IT professionals say that their “cybersecurity posture is above average.” But, I’m here to tell you that no matter how small or big the size of your organization, you simply can’t prevent 100% of all attacks. Your business is at risk, and it is just a matter of when — not if — an attack will occur.

And, considering that 60% of SMBs that have been breached end up going out of business within six months, I’d hate to see your business suffer the same fate. This is where an agile, reliable antivirus can come in handy. An antivirus program is an intrusion detection system (IDS) that aims to alert users to threats, helping prevent your devices and network from receiving a variety of malicious software, including viruses, malware, and some forms of ransomware.

But, not just any IDS will do; antivirus solutions aren’t always equal in terms of quality, nor do they offer the same levels of protection. Traditional unmanaged software-based antivirus programs can leave your system at risk in ways that a managed antivirus service doesn’t.  

Here are some of the differences between your more common antivirus solutions and how a reliable, managed antivirus solution can benefit your business.

Managed Antivirus vs. Traditional Antivirus Software

A managed antivirus solution is one that is an IT security professional implements for your business. It places the responsibility of ensuring that your antivirus is up to date on the IT security professional instead of leaving this vital function in the hands of your accountants, sales staff, office workers, or other end-user employees.  

A managed antivirus solution is different from a conventional unmanned antivirus. Traditional, unmanned antivirus leaves the control of the software in the hands of the (often untrained) end-user, who may end up putting your device, network, and valuable company data at risk.

When you partner with FPA to have us serve as your managed IT service provider, you receive the benefits of what we refer to as the “FPA Stack.” Drawing on our more than 25 years of experience serving businesses in the greater Los Angeles area, the FPA Stack is the result of our efforts to put together the best and most cost-effective foundational technology platform that enables us to protect your business. The stack includes:

  1. Managed IT Services
  2. Backup & Disaster Recovery Solution
  3. Managed SonicWALL Firewall
  4. Managed ESET Antivirus
  5. Managed Cisco Umbrella Internet Threat Prevention

As you can see, our antivirus solution is just part of our comprehensive approach to cybersecurity and IT security service.

Benefits of a Managed Antivirus

As part of our comprehensive service, our team will install the award-winning managed ESET antivirus software on all of your end-user devices.

Active Daily Monitoring and Software Management

When you use our managed ESET antivirus service, FPA’s dedicated in-house IT team will employ industry standard best practices to ensure that your antivirus solutions remain up to date and effective. Our centralized services include daily monitoring and system management, as well as deep scans that will be scheduled during outside your business’s work hours to minimize downtime.

The best part, of course, is that we remove the responsibility of trying to keep your business safe from your likely overburdened (or nonexistent) in-house IT staff.

24/7 IT Security Technical Support

FPA is here for you. "We focus on your IT so you can focus on your business!"

Our reliable Network Operations Center (NOC) provides you with peace of mind in knowing that our managed IT security services are available 24/7. This helps to reduce the number of in-house operational personnel your organization needs to hire, train, and retain to maintain a strong security posture.

Accurate and Regular Reporting

If you believe that hearing no news about the status of your business’s cybersecurity protection efforts automatically translates to mean good news, then you may be in for a surprise when something happens. At FPA, we believe that every one of our clients should be regularly informed about the status of their organization’s security — even when there’s nothing bad to report.

We regularly provide our clients with a report of what our team has been doing to protect your business. These reports include:

  • Information about any patches or updates that have been made
  • Updates about any prevented intrusions or attacks
  • What our plan of action is to continue protecting your business

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Craig Pollack

Craig Pollack

Craig is the Founder & CEO of FPA Technology Services, Inc. Craig provides the strategy and direction for FPA, ensuring its clients, business owners, and key decision makers leverage technology as efficiently and effectively as possible. With over 25 years of experience building the preeminent IT Service Provider in the Southern California area, Craig is one of the area’s leading authorities on how small to mid-sized businesses can best secure and leverage their technology to achieve their business objectives.

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