8 Criteria for Choosing the Right Antimalware SDK

Posted by Dan Lowe on 2014-12-11 11:31:00

Selecting the right antimalware Software Development Kit is an important task for business decision makers looking to grow revenue, increase profit, and expand into new markets. There is no perfect strategy for selecting the right antimalware engine, but here are a few suggestions that will help you determine the right criteria. 

1. Detecting malware is one of the primary reasons for choosing the right antimalware SDK. There is so much biased marketing information within the antimalware industry that it is difficult for researchers to figure out which company is providing accurate test data. As mentioned in our previous article, 3 Important Things to Check When Evaluating Antivirus Technology, researchers should look at the major testing organizations like AV-Test, AV Comparatives, or Virus Bulletin for multi-year test results. Examining at least the last two years of antimalware tests should help determine whether the antimalware company has a good track record. It also helps determine whether the antivirus company is committed to investing and improving their antivirus technology rather than just keeping it in auto pilot mode.


2. Performance is another criterion for choosing antimalware technology. Antivirus products consume processing and memory resources which can slow down a computer system, network appliance, or increase latency within a cloud service. For devices that are limited by their architecture, processing power, and memory, it can be a very big concern. A company that scans tens of thousands of files daily wants to know the antivirus scanning engine will not significantly slow down the device. No company wants to invest a lot of money in highly specialized systems or spend a lot of time to re-architect a system. Find out from your antimalware provider if it has customers scanning thousands of files daily searching for malware. Look at the reports from testing companies which evaluate the performance of multiple antivirus scanning engines. Test the Antimalware SDK within your environment as this is the best way to gauge performance of the scanning engine.

3. Modular SDKs allow you to choose the right solution for your environment. Different business models may require a solution that meets a specific product gap. A modular system allows you to start with a core antimalware feature and add components in the future for greater flexibility. If integrating an antimalware SDK is too daunting, then select a security company that offers a rebrand or white label antivirus solution so you can test the market before integrating an SDK. You may have a different market segment, customer, product portfolio, selling model, or approach. An antimalware organization that provides modular OEM solutions allows you to build products to meet your customer’s future needs.

4. Integrating antimalware technology into an existing product or service should not be difficult. If you have engineering resources and are already familiar with integrating a security technology, then implementing an antimalware engine may not be challenging. Standard C/C++ or Java programming knowledge is required for integrating antimalware technology. Rebranding or private labeling is another option for those companies that want to market antivirus technology, but do not have the technical resources. If you believe that the antivirus technology must be integrated within your product or service, then another option is to outsource the engineering effort to a reputable company.

So far we've detailed only four of the criteria that you should take into account when choosing the Antimalware SDK that's right for your business. If you found them useful, be sure to download the Essential Guide to Licensing Antivirus Technology to get insights into the following four:

5. Excellent for desktop, mobile, gateway, or cloud environments.

6. Support for multiple architectures

7. Support for multiple operating systems. 

8. Updates on the fly. 

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Dan Lowe

Dan Lowe is the OEM Senior Marketing Manager. He has worked at multiple security companies in the last 10 years and manages the OEM marketing team. He has a unique perspective on the industry as he has worked with different security technologies, such as: Antimalware, Firewalls, VPNs, DLP, and E-DRM.

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