How Antimalware is Used by Meyer Tool, Sareb, Elk Hill, Austin Direct Impact, and Meso Scale Diagnostics: Case Studies

Antimalware software solutions work by protecting IT systems and infrastructures, networks, and individual users from malware.

Since malware can come from outside the networks, online through the internet and offline through an infected device entering the network, companies, organizations, and even individuals utilize antimalware solutions to prevent, detect, and safely remove malware.

See below how various organizations used antimalware programs to stay safe online:

1. Sareb

First established by the Spanish government in 2012 following the financial crisis in Spain, Sareb bank was meant to help restructure the Spanish financial sector. The bank has over $54 billion in assets, playing a critical role in the Spanish and European economies.

Sareb was targeted by custom malware and experienced zero-day malware numerous times. It needed a way to drastically improve its security infrastructure, taking into consideration third-party partners needing access to the bank’s data in the cloud.

Working with Symantec and its implementation partner Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Sareb deployed multiple cybersecurity solutions. It was able to uncover suspicious events in its networks and detect and remediate attacks across all endpoints.

“In today’s threat landscape, businesses need cutting-edge protection against advanced threats,” says Gabriel Moline, corporate security manager at Sareb.

“Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is the best answer against sophisticated malware and zero-day attacks on critical control points throughout our organizations.”

Industry: Finance

Antimalware solutions: Symantec Advanced Threat Protection, Symantec Data Loss Prevention, Symantec Endpoint Encryption, and Symantec Email Security.cloud

Outcomes: 

  • Agile and reliable security infrastructure
  • Increased staff productivity
  • Access to an efficient help desk
  • Multi-layered security protection

Read the full Sareb and Symantec case study.

2. Meyer Tool

Meyer Tool is an industry leader in turbine technologies. It operates in seven locations with more than 1,500 employees both in office and remote. 

Malwarebytes protection was only used for a segment of the company’s employees and administrative-level users. But when Ryuk ransomware attacked, it encrypted all of the company’s endpoints, except for the ones secured by Malwarebytes.

Working with Malwarebytes’ support team and the IT team was able to successfully restore Meyer Tool’s locked system in five days without needing to schedule any delays. After that, Meyer Tool’s IT team made the switch to Malwarebytes Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) to protect them from future malware attacks.

“Malwarebytes was invaluable in supporting our fast response to the Ryuk ransomware attack, allowing us to recover and meet on-time deliveries of all our customer deadlines,” says Jon DeBolt, IT engineering manager at Meyer Tool.

“Now with Malwarebytes across our fleet of endpoints, we have increased our security posture and have greater confidence in our protection against zero-day attacks.”

Industry: Manufacturing

Antimalware solutions: Malwarebytes Malware Removal Service and Malwarebytes Endpoint Detection and Response

Outcomes:

  • Insights into detecting malware and attempted attacks
  • Real-time protection and automatic remediation
  • Centralized cloud management of remote devices
  • Easy to onboard new users

Read the full Meyer Tool and Malwarebytes case study.

3. Meso Scale Diagnostics

Meso Scale Diagnostics (MSD) is a global leader in developing, manufacturing, commercializing innovative measurement instruments of molecules in biological samples. Founded in 1995 and with more than 400 employees across various locations, it needed a way to protect its internal networks from threats.

Searching for a solution, MSD needed to improve security operations efficiency, respond faster to incidents, and enhance its threat hunting abilities.

Using Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP), MSD was able to prevent file-less malware exploitation and detect and respond to threats in multiple platforms.

“Using AMP for endpoints has gotten us one step closer to our goal of single-pane glass monitoring for all of our security technologies, which has reduced the amount of time it takes to monitor and react to incidents,” says an MSD spokesperson.

“Not a single malware/virus infestation that has needed any remediation or re-imaging has occurred since adopting AMP for Endpoints.”

Industry: Pharmaceuticals

Antimalware solutions: Cisco Advanced Malware Protection for Endpoints

Outcomes:

  • Reduced security risks by more than 75%
  • Improved security operations efficiency
  • Reduced costs and increased staff productivity
  • Reduced time to detecting threats

Read the full Meso-Scale Diagnostics and Cisco case study.

4. Elk Hill

Elk Hill offers specialized education and community-based services and residential programs for children and families. Based in Virginia, Elk Hill works with more than 400 troubled young individuals, offering them a digital space for peace of mind.

Its facilities offer 60 computer devices used on a daily basis. Despite applying strict internet filters on the connections, complete surveillance is impossible. A single malware infection can cause many of issues for Elk Hill’s IT personnel and its users, who might end up taking the malware to their personal devices.

By deploying Avast! from a central server, Elk Hill was able to limit malware outbreaks to a single computer and perform automatic scans on all devices.

“It’s really easy to use Avast! from a single centralized server, so they can monitor and clean up all computers,” says Chad Christianson, CIO at Wheat Systems, where Elk Hills purchased its Avast! license.

“When they get a virus now, they can also see where it came from, a path. It saves them IT costs.”

Industry: Education

Antimalware solution: Avast! V4.8 ADMIN

Outcomes:

  • Keeps online user activity out of malware-infected sites
  • Malware outbreaks are limited to a single computer
  • Easy to use and deploy
  • Centralized management

Read the full Elk Hill and Avast! case study.

5. Austin Direct Impact

Austin Direct Impact is a marketing company that works with both established businesses and emerging companies. Established in 1995 and with a team of 150 professionals, it has over $6 million in revenue a year.

Originally, Austin Direct Impact had various antivirus licenses across its network. However, the bigger it became, the more it needed a unified solution to help fight off malware and external threats.

Purchasing NOD32 licensing for its employees, the price was competitive and the solution was able to handle high-capacity works. For instance, Direct Impact’s employees sometimes have 10 open at a time, which all need continuous, real-time protection.

“I worry a lot about viruses, but feel much more comfortable since implementing NOD32,” says Jim Holmes, IT support manager at Austin Direct Impact.

“Even some adware and spyware, the latest technological threats, seem to get caught and eliminated.”

Industry: Marketing

Antimalware: ESET NOD32 Antivirus System

Outcomes: 

  • The system can be managed with the two IT personnel available
  • New installs and updates are easy to obtain
  • No major malware outbreaks since the implementation

Read the full Austin Direct Impact and ESET case study.

Anina Ot
Anina Ot
Anina is a writer who has been writing about security, privacy, cloud computing, and data science for the past three years. She believes technology exists to make lives easier, but many people are intimidated by highly technical topics. She started writing to make tech and privacy more accessible.

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