The Need for Network-Based Malware Controls


In the current threat environment, malware often introduces itself on the network level - this requires organizations to have more effective malware controls that are based in the network itself, in addition to those that are implemented at the desktop or laptop level.  For small and medium-sized businesses, this can pose a challenge.  In part, this emanates from systems in which anti-virus and anti-spyware programs do not overlap or coordinate with intrusion protection at the network level.  Protection systems work better, however, if these functions are integrated into a seamless whole.

Traditionally, the analysis of malware samples was a slow process – too slow to be done on the fly, particularly because the entire solution to a security problem generally needed to be downloaded before an analysis could be effectively performed.  An interesting twist on streaming technology, however, most familiar to end user when videos are streamed, has produced a solution.  Anti-malware programs are making use of streaming in order to allow for file analysis to begin in a more immediate fashion.  This speeds up analysis and allows network-based malware software to coordinate more effectively with the desktops and laptops that may be allowing compromised material onto the network in the first place.

Advanced systems such as these are most effectively implemented as part of a managed services approach so that they receive regular attention and monitoring from remote personnel qualified to administer large-scale network-based IT solutions for the prevention of malware intrusions.  IT companies can supply managed services for a wide range of IT functions depending on the needs of the organization in question. 

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