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One anti-virus engine is not enough, says GFI

October 6th, 2006

GFI has issued a stark warning to businesses across Europe about the dangers of deploying a single anti-virus engine. GFI’s new white paper, ´Why one virus engine is not enough, reveals that organizations relying on the protection of a single anti-virus engine are actually leaving themselves exposed to a severe and constant threat from all forms of malware.

The white paper outlines the fact that even though every anti-virus vendor in the market claims to have a fast response time, there is no single company that will consistently be the first and fastest to respond to a virus outbreak. Depending on a single anti-virus engine does not guarantee the quickest reaction to outbreaks every time, leaving productivity and business operations vulnerable to attack.

In addition, different anti-virus engines have different strengths and weaknesses. Some engines excel at identifying a certain type of malware while others excel at other types. As with reaction times, there is no one anti-virus engine that can guarantee protection from every type of malware – from trojans to spyware. The use of multiple anti-virus engines irons out these weaknesses, ensuring the highest level of protection from every type of threat.

While no organization would rely on a single security guard or alarm system to protect its most valuable physical assets from different threats such as theft, vandalism, fire and natural disaster, many still expect their data to be protected by a single anti-virus engine. This is a dangerous approach to take. The only practical way to guarantee the protection of your organization’s data – its most valuable asset of all – is by using multiple anti-virus engines. Using multiple anti-virus engines allows you to pool all the strengths of each different vendor, without being exposed by their weaknesses, ensuring you always get the quickest signature update.

Click here to download the “Why one virus engine is not enough” white paper.

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