Ask Jack: Is Anti-Virus Protection Enough?

I bit the bullet and purchased enterprise anti-virus prevention software for each laptop in my organization. Please tell me that is good enough.


Purchasing anti-virus protection is a must, but it is not enough, unfortunately.

According to Help Net Security:

In the first half of 2023, researchers found that 20% of all recaptured malware logs had an antivirus program installed at the time of successful malware execution. Not only did these solutions not prevent the attack, they also lack the automated ability to protect against any stolen data that can be used in the aftermath.

The good news is that 80 percent of the time, anti-virus prevention does prevent an attack.

The final takeaway is that there is no silver bullet when it comes to preventing malware. Effective malware strategies include purchasing anti-virus software, but also having policies, procedures, a lot of training and quick reactions to potential threats when discovered.

Jack McCalmon, Leslie Zieren, and Emily Brodzinski are attorneys with more than 50 years combined experience assisting employers in lowering their risk, including answering questions, like the one above, through the McCalmon Group's Best Practices Help Line. The Best Practice Help Line is a service of The McCalmon Group, Inc. Your organization may have access to The Best Practice Help Line or a similar service from another provider at no cost to you or at a discount. For questions about The Best Practice Help Line or what similar services are available to you via this Platform, call 888.712.7667.

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