If you are looking to develop your own antivirus solution, but you don’t have the necessary resources, or you are not satisfied with how your current antivirus solution is performing, licensing antivirus technology might be the solution to your problem. It’s the fastest way to enter the antivirus software market. It also makes it easier to make a name for yourself in this industry, provided the technology you choose is strong enough to combat ever-more sophisticated threats.
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When choosing third-party antimalware technology, you need to take your time and thoroughly evaluate various options on the market. Make sure technology vendors’ claims are substantiated, but don’t rely only on the information they give you. It’s best you do your own research, and while doing that, make sure you consult unbiased sources as well. Here are 3 key factors you need to check when evaluating antivirus technology:
1. Company background
When analyzing your antivirus technology options, looking at the vendors’ background can speak volumes about their expertise, and hence the quality and reliability of their solutions. But what type of info is most relevant? You may look into things like:
How long has the company been operating in the security business? Creating effective solutions takes time, effort, and resources. It may take, for example, up to 6 months to train a new malware researcher; for a company that’s only been in the industry for a couple of years it’s very difficult, close to impossible, to bring together the necessary number of skilled people to develop a top product. So the longer the company has been active in the security business, the greater the chance it has assembled experienced teams of skilled people able to develop best-of-breed solutions.
Does the company have a working 24/7 anti-malware Lab? With over 220,000 new malware samples seen every day, there’s a great chance one of them may put a strain on the detection engine and that may require immediate tweaks. Having a 24/7 anti-malware lab ensures such tweaks are made in due time. You should look at this piece of information as a warranty for rapid issue solving.
Where does the company get new malware samples? It’s important the vendor obtains new malware samples from several independent sources, such as honeypots and users. If the vendor purchases the malware feed from another third-party vendor, they will never be able to surpass the third-party vendor’s detection level. So you might want to choose the latter.
Does the vendor engage in malware exchange? Some reputable security companies cooperate on malware detection, and exchange new malware samples. This group is rather exclusive, however, and relies on good reputation and trust between the parties.
Proven skills, knowledge and expertise should be decisive in evaluating an antivirus solution.
2. Industry test results and 3. technology partners are the other two important elements you need to check into. Industry tests performed by independent testing agencies are with no doubt the go-to source for information on strengths and weaknesses of existing technologies. At the same time, a look at the companies who’ve already licensed a vendor’s technology may provide valuable insights into how effective the licensed technology is.
Be sure to check out the Essential Guide to Licensing Antivirus Technology to know exactly what type of information you need to look for and where, when checking into these two items.