Next-gen Antivirus vs Legacy Antivirus

What Is Next-generation Antivirus?

In contrast to legacy antivirus technology, next-generation antivirus (NGAV) advances threat detection by finding all symptoms of malicious behavior rather than focusing on looking only for known malware file attributes.

Traditional antivirus software, while sometimes effective, doesn’t track and inspect a potential virus. Instead, traditional AVs use signature-based detection methods, which threat actors have learned, a long time ago, how to evade.

To combat evolving cyberattacks, next-generation antivirus employs machine learning and predictive modeling techniques to establish predictive analytics that identify malware and malicious behavior before it has the chance to compromise your security protocols.


Next-Gen Antivirus vs Legacy Antivirus


Unlike traditional AV, next-generation AV (NGAV) identifies malicious activity using a system-centered, technical approach that examines every process on an endpoint. This allows next-gen AV to proactively detect and block the tools and tactics hackers use to gain entry. While traditional AV is focused on detecting malware at the endpoint alone, NGAV addresses a larger range of modern threat scenarios including ransomware and fileless attacks.

What to Look for in a Next-gen Antivirus Solution

EDR Capibilities

When considering a NGAV solution, look for endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities that utilizes AI and machine learning to provide real-time detection and prevention to complex threats.

Local and Autonomous

Look for a NGAV solution that is local and autonomous, meaning it works equally well with or without a network connection. In other words, the agent is not reliant upon cloud connectivity to the EPP/EDR management console for protection against malware, ransomware, and zero-day attacks.


Threat Intelligence Integration

Finally, look for NGAV solutions that integrate threat intelligence. Integrated threat intelligence enables security teams to immediately assess the impact, severity, and origins of threats, as well as receive guidance for response and remediation

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