Often, we believe that end-point anti-virus is the way to go. You install client software on every desktop and laptop computer in the office and you’ll be protected the best against all that malicious code out there. As technology professionals, we need to think about the modern day IT world and what’s really going on in our environments. Do we really believe that the only devices on our networks are the desktops and laptops that we deploy for users ?
We live in a world where BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) isn’t just a term that no one knows anymore, but is an action that is expected. Employees will bring their own personal smartphones. Employees will bring their own tablets to the workplace. Employees will bring their own laptops. And employees will expect to be able to connect to the network with all these devices. This brings about whole new challenges for technology professionals. We can be as diligent as we want / can be with devices under our control, but what about those that aren’t in our control ?
To help protect those devices from malicious software, we can deploy a solution known as ‘Gateway anti-virus’. This is generally a service that’s provided by the firewall / router. It scans and inspects ALL the traffic that flows between the internet and the local network, looking for viruses, malware, ransomware and any other type of malicious software. If it detects something malicious, it simply blocks it from even entering the local network. This takes the responsibility of ‘anti-virus’ off the local device and assigns it to the network instead, effectively protecting any device that happens to appear on the network and use it.
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