Antivirus software has become an integral part of network security. People who write malicious code are well aware of the operating system shortcomings of your network computers. Installing an antivirus software on your network endpoints is essentially the first step towards protecting your network. However, network security management does not end with just the installation of an antivirus software. This software needs regular tracking and updating of the latest virus definitions as well.
Most antivirus software vendors including Microsoft and McAfee roll out definition updates quite frequently. It therefore becomes essential for network administrators to keep a constant watch of these updates so as to secure the network desktops. However with definition updates coming out every other day, most of the time it becomes tedious to accommodate the tracking and update process in your daily routine. And in case, each of your network PCs is configured to directly communicate with the download-server of the antivirus vendor, it would definitely equate to huge bandwidth consumption, which is once again a big no-no for effective network management.
For those of you running antivirus software on your network computers, here is a bit of relief on definition updates. Endpoint Central's Patch Management options help you simplify the process by automating the definition update mechanism. Using the Automated Patch Deployment (APD) option, you can stay informed about the latest antivirus definition updates, through the antivirus database sync that happens once every hour. After the sync, the updates are automatically installed on the endpoints during the deployment window specified in the APD task.
For even more clarity on handling antivirus updates, check out the best practices of deploying antivirus definition updates.
Two keys benefits of employing Endpoint Central:
To keep it simple, Endpoint Central takes you one step closer towards securing your network computers from malware and spywares in addition to the traditional malicious software like virus, trojans and worms.
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** Antivirus definition updates support is subject to technical feasibility.