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Corporate antivirus benchmarks

I wonder if you can direct me to a good corporate antivirus benchmark. We are in the process of evaluating and implementing new antivirus software. Thank you.

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I do not have a good source for antivirus benchmarking at this time. There are several factors that I'm sure you already considered. Below is a small list:

  • Speed
  • Number of signatures and speed
  • False/Positives
  • Attachment speed
  • Number of configuration items
  • Speed of vendor providing signature updates
  • Vendor response to your needs
  • Warranty support (24 X 7) (12 X 5)

    These are only some factors to consider when reviewing antivirus vendors. As with all other systems your selection should be based on business requirements.

    For more information on this topic, visit these other resources:
    Ask the Expert: Best practices for implementing antivirus software
    Scheier's Security Product Roundup: Antivirus tools: Unify and conquer
    Best Web Links: Malware

    This was first published in July 2002

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