On-Access Scanning

On-Access Scanning refers to a security tool configured to deliver real-time scans of each file for malware as the file is downloaded, opened, or executed. Many different vendors offer on-access scanners that monitor all system activity and automatically scan files that have been downloaded from the Internet or through e-mail. In order for an anti-virus or anti-malware solution to be effective, it’s essential that malware is detected and blocked before it causes damage.

What does this mean for an SMB?

Your SMB should be using a form of On-Access Scanning on your systems to help detect malicious files being downloaded accidentally. Anti-virus and Anti-malware solutions are easy to get and install for your company, with many great free and paid options to use. Modern antivirus solutions (sometimes known as Next Generation AV) also perform some heuristical protection that operates outside of the signatures and looks at the behaviors of files operating on the computer in question.  It is best practice to combine both in the protection of your IT assets whether workstation or Server.

In addition to scanning for threats, CyberHoot recommends the following best practices to protect individuals and businesses against, and limit damages from, online cyber attacks:

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