Email anti-virus, content checking, exploit detection and anti-trojan
Why one virus engine is not enough
Multiple virus engines are needed to reduce time lag between virus outbreak and signature update
Network Administrators agree that they need to protect their networks from virus attacks by installing an email security product. Yet, how does one choose the right solution out of the wide variety of virus scanning engines available? And is one anti-virus engine enough to protect the internal network from mass-mailing viruses, worms and other email-borne threats?
One of the most important factors in the successful protection of your network against viruses is how fast you get new virus engine signature files when there is a virus outbreak. Email allows viruses to be spread at lightning speed in a matter of hours, and a single email virus is enough to infect your whole network. Obviously then, a critical factor is how fast the signature files of your anti-virus solution are updated when a new virus emerges.
A study by the UK government found, for example, that although 99% of large British companies use anti-virus products, 68% of them were infected by viruses, largely because virus signature updates had not been deployed fast enough.
Every anti-virus vendor in the market will claim to have a fast virus response. However, reality clearly demonstrates otherwise. While, on average, some companies perform better than others, there is no one company that will always be the first and fastest to respond to a virus outbreak. Granted, some companies may be faster on more occasions, but it is never always the same company that delivers virus protection the first. One time it is Kaspersky, the next it is Mcafee, another time BitDefender or Norman, and so on. Given the inability of any individual anti-virus engine to always be the first to release a signature update for a new virus, logic dictates that combining multiple engines will greatly increase your chance of at least one of those virus engines being updated on time, and therefore increases the chances of your network being protected.
The solution we recommend is GFI MailSecurity. This solution is an email content checking, exploit detection, threats analysis and anti-virus solution that removes all types of email borne threats before they can affect your email users. The key features include multiple virus engines; email content and attachment checking; an exploit shield; am HTML Threat Engine and a Trojan & Executable Scanner.
You can evaluate GFI MailSecurity by clicking on the link below. During the 30 day evaluation period we will provide you with technical support to make sure you can get the most from this solution.