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GFI Surveys RSA Conference Participants On Anti-Virus Software

GFI Software : 18 February, 2011  (Technical Article)
The likes and dislikes of 1000 users of anti-virus software were compiled by GFI Software to understand causes of migration between software suppliers

GFI Software has announced the results of a wide-ranging survey of more than one thousand enterprises – 67% of which had fewer than 500 seats – which examines the likes and dislikes of small and medium-sized (SME) enterprise IT administrators with regard to leading antivirus solutions.


GFI surveyed users of 19 leading antivirus software vendors that compete with its own GFI Vipre Antivirus solution. Overwhelmingly, SMEs expressed that the primary driver for their antivirus purchasing decision is the level of performance impact that the solutions cause on their machines. In fact, 64% of respondents said reduced performance impact (eg CPU and memory usage) was the feature that would make them switch from their current antivirus product to a competitor. This was the top response by more than 12 percentage points, indicating a level of frustration with the bloated, layered approach to antivirus that most vendors provide.


Unlike other solutions, which are essentially retooled versions of existing antivirus products with multiple layers of capabilities added on to keep up with emerging threats, GFI’s award-winning VIPRE Antivirus solution was built on efficient, core virus detection code, making it a fast and powerful threat engine with low impact on system resources. It is a next-generation malware detection solution designed by administrators for administrators.


“As we’ve learned from customers over the years, inefficiency is the enemy of security when you’re talking about antivirus,” said Alex Eckelberry, general manager, GFI’s Security Business Unit. “Vipre is built like a sports car, with no unnecessary frills to get in the way – just raw speed and power to detect viruses and block them while the user is working on other things.”


Additional results from the survey of more than one thousand IT administrators:


    * Nearly half (47%) of respondents indicated that the characteristic they liked least about their current antivirus program was the performance impact it had on their machines.

    * Less than one quarter (22%) of respondents answered that better reporting capabilities would make them switch solutions.

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