Antivirus software has been the main player in cyber security for many years, however with technology continually advancing, it is becoming harder for antivirus software to keep up, and it is no longer able to offer the same protection that it once did. The recent rise of cybercrime has also forced many organizations to consider a more advanced enterprise solution for increased security measures. Cyber-attacks are evolving rapidly, and lack of visibility on the source of these attacks is a big problem.

According to a report done by IBM, “The average time to identify a breach in was 7 months”

Protecting data is a big concern for all companies, especially in the time of a remote workforce for numerous businesses. Many organizations have decided to make the shift to a more advanced cyber security software, one that is considered “the new antivirus”. Endpoint detection and response, or EDR for security is much more advanced and secure than the typical antivirus software, and it is considered to be the “antivirus 2.0”.

Antivirus Software vs. EDR

Antivirus Software

Antivirus software is a definition-based program. What that means is that it is only able to detect cyber threats and malware that it recognizes. Definitions must be determined before it is able to recognize any issues. This means that the software must be continually updated, so it is able to learn more definitions and catch attacks. This can also mean that the more advanced technology and attacks become, the less accurate antivirus software can be at catching them since it may not recognize complex cyber-threats.


EDR is a behavioral based software, meaning it does not care what kind of security threat is being used, but instead it looks at the behavior taking place. It uses profiling to track any suspicious behavior and finds the root of the issue to prevent any further attacks. It also tracks the entire timeline of the infection and provides updates as soon as any suspicion is detected. It uses machine learning, so it updates by itself and learns as it goes.

Why the Shift to EDR for Security can Help your Organization:

The New Standard for Regulation

Data regulation and compliance is an important factor in many industries. It is vital to have secured data and is required in these industries. EDR allows peace of mind when protecting data and is becoming the industry standard due to its advanced tracking design and behavioral analysis approach.

Works to Stop New Attacks

EDR uses behavioral analysis to find the root of the cyber-attack and stop it before it can breach. This allows EDR to use profiling to learn why this happened and make sure it is avoided in the future, thus stopping future attempts.

Provides Real-Time Reporting

EDR sends an alert at any sign of suspicious activity and continues to monitor it. This allows you to check the suspicious activity at every step of the way, as well as determine where the threat came from. This provides an entire timeline of the infection, so you know exactly what is happening, in real time.

Allows you to Save Money

Cyber-attacks can be extremely costly. According to an article from Cybercrime Magazine, ”Cybersecurity Ventures expects global cybercrime costs to grow by 15 percent per year over the next five years, reaching $10.5 trillion USD annually by 2025” Using EDR for security is a much safer and more advanced enterprise solution, at a low cost. It is a non-expensive alternative to antivirus software, where the cost shift is nominal.

When considering adopting increased security measures for your organization it can be difficult deciding which option is best for you. Make the shift to the new antivirus. Using EDR for security allows your business to stay protected while saving you money and stopping cyber threats. It is a much more secure option than an antivirus software and vital for the safety of your organization.

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Author: Madison Liloia

Madison is a marketing professional who recently graduated from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. She joined Compudata in 2020 as the Marketing Coordinator, working directly with all departments of the company. She considers herself a lifelong learner and is passionate about helping others. Her background includes experience in technology and software solutions, mainly in the product marketing and communications field. She is a South Jersey native but now lives in Philadelphia and enjoys exploring the city, her favorite restaurant being Barcelona Wine Bar in East Passyunk.