Antivirus Remediation vs Prevention

If you go to a doctor for advice about your health, he will undoubtedly tell you prevention is better than cure. Precisely the same thing can be said of computer viruses and malicious attacks. The price to pay can be much, much more than the initial cost to prevent it. As with all businesses, the capital outlay has to be concerning the rise of the business. Invest too little, and you might get breached. Investing too much also makes no sense. You will intimately be faced with a choice between remediation, proactive prevention or the optimum, a sufficient balance between the two.

Remediation is the process of correcting errors and system changes. Removing threats from the infected computer system may be necessary. These malicious threats would have bypassed your existing essential security measures. They start causing damage immediately and irreparably. The objective of remediation is to negate risks before they cause any extended or widespread damage.

The need to remove these threats becomes even more crucial when they are time-barred making the need to remove them extremely urgent. The lengthy and detailed remediation process can potentially last from a few hours to some days mainly depending on the nature of the treat, the tools at hand and the resources that are dedicated to the process.

The other side of the coin is proactive prevention. It involves blocking and preventing viruses, malicious threats and trojans from breaking into the system and wreaking havoc. Proactive protection requires advanced technologies that detect threats in advance and effectively blocks them before they cause any damage. The system ensures the best form of protection against ransomware, which has become the number one threat to businesses today.

Once you open the doors of your system to ransomware, it quickly encrypts all data, in all your files subsequently demanding a ransom payment in a swift currency of cryptocurrency in exchange for unlocking your data. You will only get the data in your files back once you acquire the decryption key from the hackers after the ransom is paid in full. Even so, paying the initial ransom demands does not guarantee it will stop there! You might not even get them back with the encryption key they provide. A small glimmer of hope lies with decryption programs or algorithms; also known as decryptors.

They are now available thanks to the valiant efforts of researchers. Nevertheless, it is too little, too late and only offers a ray of hope. The sheer number of different viruses out there make it neigh on impossible to devise a cure for all of them in time.

Many businesses are mistakenly guided into taking the latter route of remediation rather than protective prevention. The savings at the outset will be heavily offset by the long run costs. Remediation tools are less expensive than full protection. Full protection may seem costly, yet the savings it will reap in the long run will be extensive and impact the bottom line considerably. Some businesses today are including remediation tools that are run alongside other existing security measures.

Many IT/Network Administrators seem intent on waiting a while before committing to a full protection service and product, no doubt due to budgetary constraints. Surveys conducted just last year with 2,000 small business yielded the unexpected result of only 2 per cent of small business owners saying they view a cyber attack as the most critical issue they face today. In contrast, last year saw a massive percentage increase of 165% on malware detection and cyber attacks on small businesses.

There are several remedial processes you can use, but our sound advice to you is to get a prevention system instead. From experience we have had with our clients, it is crystal clear to use that prevention is a lot better and cheaper in the long run than cure and costlier Remediation system. Contact us now and prevent cybercriminals from holding you to ransom.