The Social System: User, Managers, and IT Professionals Term Paper by scribbler

A look at issues in antivirus software in a large organization.
# 151991 | 1,312 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper defines the connections between a company's network and home users' system, further noting its potential to spread viruses and malware. Additionally, the paper advocates providing these applications free to employees, suppliers and customers. First, the paper considers economic issues associated with antivirus software. Then, it discusses open sources security model and the Zone Alarm model of security software. Next, the paper analyzes network security systems in light of a company being part of a larger ecosystem. Finally, the paper argues that anti-virus software must become open source and companies must promote this concept if they are to reliably and cost-effectively protect their organizations from threats over the long-term. An appendix containing a table is included in the paper.


The Economics of Antivirus Software Favor Software Vendors
The Open Source Security Model
Network Security Challenges

From the Paper:

"The economics of antivirus software, at the enterprise level, are exceptionally attractive for the software providers. With an in-build annuity model that requires a continual stream of new updates, once an organization has standardized on a given antivirus and security application, it is extremely difficult to displace it (Ford, Bush, Bulatov, 2006). For the CIO and the IT department there is also the standardization on a security suite of applications that often require server components and significant testing and evaluation prior to be installed to use. All of these factors favor the software vendors and protect them from customer churn; consequently they can charge significantly higher prices over time for updates. Breaking this cycle takes a concerted focus on how to choose open-source antivirus applications that can scale across an entire organization and still be economical to be used on every system in the company's employee, supplier and customer base. Breaking free of the high maintenance costs and continual adding in of fees for updates can be done, yet it requires a well-defined plan to migrate from enterprise application software to an open sources model that has economic advantages on the one hand and risk on the other."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chou, W (2002). "Inside SSL: Accelerating Secure Transactions." IT Professional. Sep/Oct. 2002: 37- 41.
  • Richard Ford, Mark Bush, & Alexander Bulatov. (2006). Predation and the cost of replication: New approaches to malware prevention? Computers & Security, 25(4), 257
  • Larkin, E.. (2009, October). Can You Trust Free Antivirus Protection? PC World, 27(10), 81-87.
  • Aaron Ricadela. (2008, December). Microsoft Joins Free Security Software Push. Business Week (Online)

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