How managed antivirus is changing the way companies approach business security

How to boost your company’s cybersecurity using managed antivirus

Not all companies have the resources, expertise or desire to maintain a dedicated IT security team. In the past, this might have meant that end-users were responsible for managing antivirus software on their endpoints, which inevitably led to updates not being applied, questionable applications being whitelisted and, ultimately, business networks being more vulnerable to malware.

Managed antivirus offers an efficient and cost-effective alternative. With managed antivirus, companies can effectively outsource their antivirus management needs to an IT specialist, which enables businesses of all sizes to maintain a high level of malware protection.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of managed antivirus, the responsibilities of a managed antivirus provider and what Managed Service Providers (MSPs) should look for in an MSP antivirus product.

What is managed antivirus?

Managed antivirus is a new and rapidly growing service in which one company – typically an MSP – is responsible for handling the antivirus requirements of another company.

This arrangement allows the managed company to maintain a robust malware solution without the overheads and logistical challenges of keeping an in-house IT team. Removing antivirus management responsibilities from internal staff prevents employees from misconfiguring security software settings, which further reduces the risk of malware infection.

The responsibilities of a managed antivirus provider

While every MSP is different, most tend to offer an end-to-end solution that encompasses every aspect of antivirus management, including deployment, monitoring and threat remediation. Services may include:

What are the advantages of managed antivirus?

Managed antivirus gives businesses immediate and affordable access to a dedicated IT team. Some of the main benefits include:

What MSPs should look for in MSP antivirus software

For MSPs who wish to offer antivirus management services, finding the right MSP antivirus software is crucial. While there are many options on the market, the quality and usability of the software vary substantially between vendors. The following factors should be considered when selecting MSP antivirus software:

Managed antivirus is changing the way businesses approach cybersecurity. Outsourcing antivirus management enables companies to tap into the collective expertise of a dedicated IT security team while freeing up in-house resources to focus on more important tasks. MSPs that wish to offer managed antivirus services should take the time to find a solution that can help them simplify daily management tasks while providing their clients with strong endpoint protection.

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Writer. A picture is worth a thousand words but unfortunately I can't draw. The world of IT security has always fascinated me and I love playing a small role in helping the good guys combat malware.

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