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Antivirus is one of the pillars that MSPs use to protect their clients from digital threats. But understanding how antivirus fits into your overall cybersecurity strategy requires a deeper dive.

The first known virus was a piece of software written by a programmer who wanted to show how it could be used to steal information and take over computer systems. Originally, it was called Creeper and served its purpose by finding other connected devices on the network, transferring itself to them, and then using them to reproduce.

Today, viruses are far more than a nuisance or headache—they’re incredibly dangerous and can cause everything from system downtime to significant financial loss. This is especially true in industries like government and healthcare, where data networks contain confidential information and adhere to strict compliance regulations.

Fortunately, today’s antivirus platforms do more than simply check files against an extensive list of existing threats. They also use technologies that can spot new threats by identifying sketchy behaviors. This is accomplished through a combination of machine learning algorithms and AI that can spot patterns in the behavior of viruses and malware.

In addition to scanning, identity monitoring, heuristic analysis, and sandbox monitoring, Antivirus programs also remove threats from the device, quarantine them, or isolate them in an environment where they can be monitored further for any potential harmful behaviour. Depending on the configuration of your antivirus program, it may also block pop-ups, monitor email, provide real-time protection, and offer Internet security suites.