What is anti-malware and why is it so important?
Anti-malware is a ‘must-have’ cybersecurity tool that is widely used in the global fight against cybercrime. In this blog post, we look at what anti-malware actually is and why it’s so important for every company to implement.
What is anti-malware?
To understand anti-malware, we must first ask the question: what is malware? Malware is short for ‘malicious software’. It deliberately causes disruption to a computer, server, client or computer network, leak private data, gain illegal access to information or systems, prevent users accessing data or interfering with a user’s computer security and privacy.
As such, anti-malware, is also a type of software that is purposely designed to protect IT systems, computers, devices and users from malware.
Malware is commonly found in the form of malicious code that is hidden in computer systems. Most users are totally unaware that malware is installed on the system where it is then free to spread via email, USBs, operating systems or the internet.
There are lots of different types of malware including viruses, worms, spyware and Trojan horses. They all work in a similar way and their ultimate objectives range from causing annoying disruptions for the user to accessing sensitive or private data with a view to breaching it and making it available publicly or on the Dark Web.
How does anti-malware software work?
Just like web filtering, anti-malware will scan the computer system on which it is installed in a bid to prevent, identify and delete any malware it might discover.
There are three ways anti-malware works to protect systems and users:
- Signature-based detection – works by using known software components and their digital signatures to identify new malicious software
- Behaviour-based detection – works to flag malicious software by watching and understanding how it behaves, often using machine learning algorithms
- Sandboxing – works by quarantining and automatically removing suspect malicious files before than can do any damage to the computer system
From preventing users from accessing websites which are known to contain malware and stopping malware spreading to other computers in the company’s computer system, to offering an insight into how the malware compromised a specific device in the event, anti-malware is an important cybersecurity tool that is easy and highly cost effective to install. It will provide a valuable layer of protection against hackers, protect user and client privacy and ensure sensitive files and data are secure.
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