Buyer’s Guide to Antimalware
Antimalware, software that prevents malicious attacks on networks and systems, is a must-have at most organizations. The potential for damage from worms, Trojans, keystroke loggers, rootkits, etc. is so great that the majority of businesses require antimalware to be installed on all host devices. In fact, the negative impact from malware is perceived as so threatening that many regulations and standards (HIPAA, PCI-DSS)call it out specifically.
But while antimalware installs are straightforwardly non-negotiable, the choices facing corporate anti-malware buyers are almost labyrinthine in their complexity. Is it better to purchase an all-in-one antimalware suite for comprehensive protection against traditional and Web-borne viruses and malicious code? Or best-of-breed? Do non-Windows operating systems (e.g. Linux and MacOS) require antimalware? And how well should the antimalware solution integrate with other security controls -- does it need to work with network access control (NAC), security information management (SIM), or identity management solutions in order to be effective?
All great questions and the answers will vary based on specific organizational needs. What follows is a quick guide to the most important options for your organization to consider before making your next antimalware purchase. To keep the guide focused, we've narrowed the meta-requirements down to host-based antimalware for large to medium organizations.