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Is your antivirus as advanced as today’s cybercrime tactics?

Having the right cybersecurity technology is just a part of doing business in today’s world.

In fact, security solutions like firewalls and antivirus software accounted for $23 billion in annual revenue – it’s likely that you contributed to that in some small way.

But have you invested in the right antivirus solution?

There’s no disputing the need for effective antivirus software, no matter the size or specialty of the business in question.

But, given that they are such a standard in the business setting today, have you ever stopped to figure out what you’re paying for?

What is antivirus software?

Antivirus software is used in conjunction with a firewall to provide defense against malware, adware, and spyware. Each of these cybercriminal tactics has the potential to do immense damage to internal processes and a company’s reputation. The job of antivirus software is to spot, block, and isolate intrusive, malicious applications so they can’t do damage to your data and legitimate software.

Antivirus is installed to protect at the user level, known as endpoint protection, and is designed to detect and block a virus or malware from taking root on a user’s computer, or worse, accessing a network to which the user is connected.

If a user encounters a threat, the antivirus software detects the threat and blocks it using a string of text – an algorithm – that recognizes it as a known virus. The virus file tries to take one action or sequence of actions, known to the antivirus software, and the algorithm recognizes this behavior and prompts the user to take action against suspicious behavior.

Can antivirus software be improved?

Yes – and it already has.

Known as next-generation antivirus, this advanced type of cybersecurity software used artificial intelligence to better predict, identify and eliminate harmful malware.

Security based on advanced algorithms that can adapt and learn creates a system that can become familiar with the normal patterns associated with each user and device, detecting anomalies in those patterns quickly.

Essentially, something known as a neural net can be used in cybersecurity efforts. Based on a robust algorithm, the neural net can “learn” to spot patterns of data associated with previously identified and classified spear phishing emails.

By incorporating this technology into an email client’s spam filter, the filter will be able to spot fraudulent incoming emails and eliminate them before they reach the recipient.

One of the best parts about neural nets is that they continue to learn and improve the more that they are used. With increasingly more data to draw from, this Artificial Intelligence will become more and more accurate in doing its job. Investing in Artificial Intelligence technology is critical, as machines can respond much more quickly to the way these attacks are adapting.

Introducing SentinelOne

Developed to provide holistic defense-in-depth, SentinelOne antivirus solutions protect systems before, during, and after a malware attack, employing different technologies and methodologies where necessary:

  • Passive Protection

    SentinelOne uses a static AI engine to monitor systems for signs of malware, eliminating the need for ongoing scans.

  • Active Defense

    The Behavioral AI engine watches for malicious activity, flagging and eliminating a range of threats, from file-based malware to zero-day exploits.

  • After The Attack

    Using an Automated Endpoint Detection and Response system, SentinelOne gathers forensic data and takes the necessary steps to prevent damage – network isolation, and endpoint restoration.

Guaranteed Ransomware Protection

Beyond SentinelOne’s range of AI-based endpoint protection capabilities, it also comes with a warranty to guarantee that no ransomware attack will slip past its defenses.

This allows users to cut back on cyber-insurance spending, and instead rely on SentinelOne to protect them from ransomware threats like WannaCry. In the event of a ransomware attack, SentinelOne users will be covered for reimbursement up to $1,000 USD for every affected endpoint that was not protected (to a maximum of $1,000,000 per company).

The moral of the story is that a standard, free trial, consumer-grade antivirus solution won’t cut it anymore. Not when it comes up against the types of malware that cybercriminals are using today.

If you want to stay safe, you need to invest in something more advanced – something like SentinelOne.