The Difference Between Antivirus And EDR (And Which One Keeps Your Business Safer)

Having the right cybersecurity technology is just a part of doing business in today’s world. Security solutions like antivirus software accounted for $23 billion in annual revenue last year – it’s likely that you contributed to that in some small way.

But are you sure antivirus software is enough to keep your organization secure? Or do modern threats require more advanced protection?

Check out our latest Coffee Break With Fuelled Video to find out:

What’s The Difference Between Antivirus And EDR?

Antivirus software is used in conjunction with other security technology to provide defense against malware, adware, and spyware. Each of these cybercriminal tactics has the potential to do immense damage to internal processes and a company’s reputation. The job of antivirus software is to spot, block, and isolate intrusive, malicious applications so they can’t do damage to your data and legitimate software.

Antivirus is installed to protect at the user level, known as endpoint protection. It is designed to detect and block a virus or malware from taking root on a user’s computer, or worse, accessing a network to which the user is connected.

On the other hand, Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) is a cyber technology that continually monitors and responds to mitigate cyber threats.

What Will EDR Do That Your Antivirus Software Can’t?

EDR Capabilities:

  • Mitigate ransomware threats by rolling back devices to a pre-infection state
  • Detect and prevent both current and emerging threats with continually updated and improving artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Monitor your network in real-time and keep an eye on any ongoing processes to prevent new threats from slipping in

Antivirus Vulnerabilities:

  • No capability to roll back devices to a pre-infection state
  • Has no capability to identify new threats, leaving you unprepared to mitigate cybercriminals’ latest strategies
  • Presents an entry point for new threats from active cybercriminals
  • Requires daily or weekly scans to be effective, both increasing your risks and potentially slowing down your device performance in the process

Defend Your Data With Nextgen EDR

Standard, free trial, consumer-grade cybersecurity solutions won’t cut it anymore. Not when it comes up against the types of malware that cybercriminals are using today.

If you want to stay safe, you need to invest in something more advanced. If you’re unsure of where to begin with EDR, don’t worry, you don’t have to handle it alone.

Fuelled Networks will help you assess your security needs, consider your IT budget, and develop a robust cybersecurity defense including EDR.


Contact us or call (613) 828-1384 today for more information and assistance setting up Nextgen EDR!


I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

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