The 6 Best Endpoint Antivirus Solutions for Small-to-Medium-Businesses (SMBs)

You hear about massive data breaches at big companies all the time: Facebook, Equifax, eBay, Yahoo, Target... the list goes on. But even SMBs need robust anti-virus solutions. And no, the free version of Sophos just isn't going to cut it. Don't believe me? Read on...

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A staggering 58 percent of all malware attack victims are categorized as small businesses, according to Verizon. In fact, in 2017, more than half of all small-to-medium businesses (SMB) experienced a ransomware attack– and the cost due to damage, theft, or disruption caused by cyberattacks exceeded $1,000,000 for the average SMB, according to the Ponemon Institute.

Unfortunately, none of that is changing any time soon. Recent estimates calculate that cybercrime will generate at least $1.5 trillion this year alone. Cyber attacks operate much like regular warfare. Cybercriminals conduct recon, weaponize malware, deliver the package, and attack.

To make matters worse, cybercriminals and their weapons are becoming more advanced every day. By the end of 2019, we will have over 1 billion unique malware samples. It's no wonder then that $120 billion are spent on IT security annually.

If you're going to be spending serious bucks on an endpoint antivirus solution to protect your small- to medium-sized business – which we highly recommend you do – you need to make sure you're getting the tool that's best for you.

To help you sort out that massive knot, we've compiled our list of the 6 best endpoint antivirus solutions ideal for small- to medium-sized businesses.

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Cylance

With a motto like "Don't stop breaches. Prevent them," Cylance is one of those impeccable companies that doesn't settle for "good enough."

If you have more than 200 endpoints – particularly if you have remote workers operating outside of your network – Cylance may be the right fit for you. At just $2.99 per month for up to three computers, Cylance's endpoint antivirus system is extremely affordable for how sophisticated its inner mechanisms are.

Cylance deploys a machine-learning detection engine within its Cylance Smart Antivirus that expertly identifies malware. Rather than the archaic method of scanning files before you open them, Cylance uses predictive technology to be on the look out and alert you to problems before they occur. According to SE Labs, Cylance is able to identify threats 25 months in advance, on average.

Sophos

By combining malicious traffic detection with real-time threat intelligence from SophosLabs, Sophos endpoint antivirus protection is able to protect users on Windows, Mac, and Linux. As an added benefit, Sophos coordinates your firewall and endpoints to provide a complete security perimeter.

If your small- to medium-sized business maintains specific policies, Sophos can also help you enforce those for web, application, device, and data usage. You'll also have the option of choosing cloud-based protection or native installation.

WebRoot

With 4.5/5 stars on PCMag.com and 8.8/10 on TopTenReviews.com, WebRoot comes in at one of the most highly favored endpoint antivirus solutions today. WebRoot's SecureAnywhere solution protects against malware, phishing, ransomware, and more without placing a huge burden on your system resources.

The closer: WebRoot can even roll back ransomware activity. WebRoot's SecureAnywhere technique is certainly outside the box, but this little program can wipe out even the meanest malware on the block.

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SentinelOne

They say failing to plan is planning to fail. That's precisely the perspective SentinelOne takes. Rather than creating a powerful endpoint antivirus solution and calling it a day, SentinelOne takes the humble – and smart! – approach by providing a complete protection plan just in case some evil bit gets through.

With SentinelOne's Endpoint Protection, you get a complete defense system plus a fully equipped S.W.A.T. team to respond to and remediate the situation if a breach occurs. The complete package SentinelOne provides plus the easy implementation completely justifies the 4.8/5 star review on Gartner.

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Cisco Umbrella

If you're tired of hearing about Cisco, we don't blame you. The company's been around since your mom first began cooking dinner while she waited for the dial-up connection. But, in all fairness, this elite grandpa is still around for a reason: they know their sh*t.

Cisco Umbrella is a cloud security platform that your users can carry with them on all their endpoint devices wherever they go. Not only is Cisco on top of their game with the intel they collect from analyzing 175 billion internet requests per day, but also they've been touted as the easiest endpoint antivirus solution to install and work with daily.

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Nod32

No, it's not the second coming of Blink182. Nod32 Antivirus is the ESET endpoint antivirus solution everyone is raving about. Not only is it simple and affordable enough for small, home-based businesses, but also the ESET endpoint antivirus is packed into a lightweight program that won't disrupt even the most resource-taxing computer activity.

Nod32 protects against viruses, ransomware, worms, and spyware. Plus, you'll get the legendary customer services that comes with any ESET endpoint antivirus or malware protection.

Finally

While you're unlikely to tangle with the likes of Anonymous as a small- to medium-sized business, there is no shortage of cybercriminals out there just itching to get their hands on your data. From two-bit criminals trying to see what they can get away with from the depths of Mom's basement to coordinated multi-person hacker teams looking for any way to make the establishment crumble, cybercrime is a very real, ongoing threat.

Protect yourself with the right endpoint antivirus program. Have more questions about all things technology and business? Join us and other fellow IT Heroes at the tabGeeks 2019 Conference in Southern California – and be prepared to level up.