Sunday, December 14, 2008

Symantec: Traditional AV is Almost Useless

Then Why Do We Buy This Crap?

"Signature-based scanning is 'static, old school,' says Jerry Egan, director of product management at Symantec's security technology and response division. With 12,000 new malware specimens each day to detect and eradicate, 'we think that technique is reaching the end of its useful life,' Egan says.

Another complication is that malware is now so artfully designed, 'it spreads to 20 or 30 machines before it mutates,' Egan points out. That means 'your neighbor has one variant and you have another. The effectiveness of each signature has gone down.'"

From Network World...

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