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What is Managed Antivirus?

Managed Anti-Virus is a centrally managed anti-virus application that is deployed, updated, monitored, and completely managed 24x7x365. The managed anti-virus solution requires less system resources and has less of an impact on system performance due to the unique design and functionality of the client installed on the managed device.

Endpoint security with a small footprint
FlickerTel Inc.'s Managed Antivirus uses VIPRE Antivirus Business Engine which protects against viruses, spyware and other malware threats without draining resources or slowing down PCs. Through the our central console, our administrators can centrally manage antivirus protection for PCs, Macs and Android devices as well as mobile security for iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones and tablets.
• Monitor and detect threats in real time
• Address security risks before they become issues
• Lower CPU and Memory Utilization
• Advanced Anti-Rootkit Technology
• Real-time Monitoring and Protection
• Antivirus, Anti-Phishing Email Protection
• Remote Device Scanning
• Centrally Managed
 

 

 
 
Introduction
 
IT administrators for small- and medium-sized business (SMBs) are busy people who are expected to
accomplish a lot on thin budgets. Managing antivirus solutions is just one of their many tasks, and while
users may have a “set it and forget it” perception of antivirus, the reality is quite different. IT administrators face the challenge of protecting users and networks 24/7, without hindering employee productivity one negatively impacting business operations in any way. That’s a tall order when one considers the limited IT budgets that most SMBs have.
 
Large enterprises, on the other hand, generally have the resources to dedicate one or more servers to
host a centrally-managed antivirus solution, as well as a team of skilled personnel to operate it. That’s
a different story for cash-strapped SMBs that do not have the IT infrastructure or skill sets to do so and
often rely on user-dependent, non-managed endpoint products to scan PCs, laptops and workstations
for malware. Meanwhile, SMBs that already use a centrally-managed antivirus solution would benefit if
they could reduce IT costs associated with managing their antivirus on premise.
 
Antivirus management frustrations
 
Managing antivirus technology is a complex task that requires proper planning and effective execution.
Administrators have to set and manage scan and update schedules, taking into account network loads
and employee productivity to determine the best time of day for each task. New viruses, Trojans, worms,
spyware and other malware are unleashed constantly, while existing ones morph and evolve to evade
detection. Even if IT administrators religiously keep up with virus definition updates, there is always a
chance an unknown virus can slip through due to unsafe user practices. This threat is compounded for
small businesses that do not have a centrally-managed antivirus solution with the controls, settings and
policies in place to protect users from themselves. Users in the office, traveling or telecommuting can
unwittingly launch infected email attachments or contract viruses through their laptops. Though well-
intentioned, inexperienced users can create security breaches with bad decisions such as disabling their
antivirus or being fooled by a clever phishing email.
 
The smallest, most cash-strapped businesses often eschew automated network-wide antivirus
deployments in favor of individually installed endpoint products, often pre-installed on each PC they
purchase. These products do not protect servers or provide other essential security capabilities. They
also are not the most cost-effective solutions available for businesses with multiple users, forcing business owners and IT administrators to manage multiple one-off licenses from different vendors expiring at different times of the year. Additionally, in these environments, users are effectively given responsibility to perform antivirus scans and updates, which are time-consuming and become one more thing they must remember to do. Complicating matters even more, users sometimes change settings, which can lead to machine infections that prevent an employee from working. This creates a hardship for SMBs, which typically don’t have extra PCs for emergencies.
 
Moreover, some users fail to comply with company policies, while others turn off their computers when
they are scheduled for updates and scans. Sometimes scans and updates fail, or the antivirus server
may have trouble communicating with a specific machine for whatever reason, leaving it vulnerable
to malware infection. And considering the non-discriminatory tactics employed by cybercriminals
and malware developers, reliable, efficient and proven antivirus is just as critical for small businesses
as it is for Fortune 500 companies. All this underscores that centrally-managed antivirus is the most
effective solution. However, with the average server costing thousands of dollars and skilled IT security
professionals demanding high salaries, it’s clear why SMBs traditionally have had fewer options for
keeping their systems virus-free.
 
The solution is the cloud
 
 
Why the cloud?
 
Cloud-based antivirus solutions are scalable and affordable, requiring minimal in-house antivirus expertise, and as such, they are tailor-made for budget-conscious businesses. Other benefits include:
 
Centralized management accessible from any browser
Easy, quick client deployment
Automated tasks
Predictable per-user cost structure
No hardware or software to buy, manage or update
 
Budgeting and management
 
Cloud computing democratizes access to centrally-managed antivirus solutions. The affordability, elasticity
and flexibility of cloud solutions make it possible for even the smallest businesses to enjoy robust antivirus
options, complete with server protection and network firewalls. What traditionally would have required
one or more servers to deploy and manage antivirus now becomes accessible through the cloud.
Through a web browser, setup is simple and quick. Upfront capital expenses, along with the associated tax implications and depreciation, are eliminated because there is no outright purchase. Companies instead pay for a subscription, renewable on an annual basis, as an operating expense. And, of course, the need for highly skilled staff to run the technology disappears, enabling them to focus time and resources on more strategic, business-building initiatives.
 
Regulatory compliance
 
Multiple federal and state regulations have placed strict requirements on businesses large and small –especially in the legal, financial and healthcare fields – to protect sensitive data from leaks and breaches.
Laws such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), GLBA (Gramm-Leach Bliley Act)
and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act mandate strict protection for data in use, in transit or in storage.
 
Compliance is best achieved through effective, robust security systems that automate tasks, centralize
management and generate auditable reports. Automated cloud-based antivirus solutions help small
businesses achieve compliance through standardized, documented processes. In addition, a centrally-
managed antivirus solution will generate reports in various formats, listing threats that are identified and
contained, as well as issue alerts where there are cases of noncompliance with security policies.
Cloud-based antivirus matures
 
Despite the cloud’s many benefits, antivirus vendors have struggled to find the right balance for how
to leverage the cloud for the delivery of their services. Consequently, users have experienced several
drawbacks with some cloud-based solutions. The first among them is limited functionality resulting from
slow, disrupted or unavailable network connections.
 
The primary issue with cloud-based antivirus so far centers on network performance. Solutions that run
scans and host virus definitions in the cloud can bog down networks and ultimately degrade the ability to
accurately detect threats. To the chagrin of users, there have been cases of spikes in false positives, which create extra work.
 
In other cases, solutions have missed some threats when running scans and failed to entirely remove the threats they detected. The cause for these issues is vendors trying to compensate for network performance degradation by removing some capability from their solutions, impacting their precision and performance in the hopes of creating the false impression that their solutions are faster. So far, these solutions have only created weaker defenses and more headaches for SMBs.
 
 
Cloud-based antivirus matures

Despite the cloud’s many benefits, antivirus vendors have struggled to find the right balance for how
to leverage the cloud for the delivery of their services. Consequently, users have experienced several
drawbacks with some cloud-based solutions. The first among them is limited functionality resulting from
slow, disrupted or unavailable network connections

The primary issue with cloud-based antivirus so far centers on network performance. Solutions that run
scans and host virus definitions in the cloud can bog down networks and ultimately degrade the ability to
accurately detect threats. To the chagrin of users, there have been cases of spikes in false positives, which create extra work. In other cases, solutions have missed some threats when running scans and failed to entirely remove the threats they detected.
The cause for these issues is vendors trying to compensate for network performance degradation by removing some capability from their solutions, impacting their precision and performance in the hopes of creating the false impression that their solutions are faster. So far, these solutions have only created weaker defenses and more headaches for SMBs.
 

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