Enterprise Organizations Replacing Commercial Antivirus with Freeware

For the past 15 to 20 years, the vast majority of organizations install commercial antivirus software on just about every PC residing on their networks. This resulted in a multi-billion dollar industry dominated by five vendors:  Kaspersky Lab, McAfee (Intel Security), Sophos, Symantec, and Trend Micro. AV security efficacy has come into question over the past few years, however, as cyber-criminals and state-sponsored hackers regularly use customized malware and zero-day attacks to circumvent AV and compromise PCs. 

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The Roller Coaster Ride toward Free Antivirus

ESG data shows that 57% of enterprises have either already switched to free antivirus software or are actively exploring the option. It makes some sense: Free AV programs have posted competitive efficacy rates against paid versions, and AV is increasingly viewed as an IT operations checkbox as opposed to a pure endpoint security control. There also seems to be a decreasing need to assign budget for AV. The thinking is that those dollars could instead be spent on newer technologies such as advanced endpoint anti-malware products, endpoint forensics, or endpoint analytics. For many organizations, ditching paid antivirus for a free product could be viewed as a sensible cost-cutting move. 

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