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Any modern business that uses technology and networks knows that having a firm grasp on IT security is essential. Cybercriminals are constantly evolving their methods to keep up with tech trends. Current and future threats to networks and end users can be kept at bay with investment in layered security. When it comes to securing your IT systems, the two most touted tools you hear discussed will be Antivirus and EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response. Both are comprehensive security solutions, but which one is most suited to your business?

Before you ask, no, it cannot be both. Antivirus and Endpoint Detection and Response would compete for resources and cause issues if run simultaneously on a given endpoint or server. Therefore, coexistence is not currently possible - you can only choose one IT security program to protect your servers from malicious software and ensure you are prepared for ransomware attacks.

You need to ask yourself:

  • Does your business require broader protection beyond just scanning for viruses and malware?
  • What type of servers and end users do you have?
  • How important is a speedy remedy and/or backup from unsafe states to you?
  • How much are you willing to invest?
  • Can you feel secure with just signature updates and scheduled scanning?

You need to confront all these questions with solid answers - which our consultants can help you do - and fully inform yourself of the differences between Antivirus and EDR solutions.

Allow this brief rundown of the difference between EDR and Antivirus models to inform your decision on your best course of IT security action: