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Software-security firms are changing their approach after acknowledging that anti-virus products...

Software-security firms are changing their approach after acknowledging that anti-virus products don't work very well - the initial detection rate of 40 programs from the likes of Microsoft (MSFT), Symantec (SYMC), McAfee (INTC) and Kaspersky was just 5% in a study. Firms now don't just try to block malware but also use other technologies such as trying to spot suspicious behavior or "whitelisting."
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  • ewmpsi
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    I think crowd sourcing and cloud will be instrumental in cyber security going forward, client based software solutions suffer from the same vulnerabilities as the client. Once you get a community of virus and threat hunters’ crowd sourcing their work and solutions and making them available in the cloud where you point your browser or computing aggregate to a "sanitized source" of data and computation "clock cycles" for rent, you'll vastly improve system security. However, we'll also go back to bandwidth constraints, system capacity and storage capacity as being the largest handicaps to the advancement of information systems security. Cloud will suffer through almost every phase of history that plagued the desktop as we grow infrastructure.
    1 Jan 2013, 08:21 AM Reply Like
  • Tony Petroski
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    Mr. ewmpsi. Mr. McAfee set back the industry among the old folks as he appeared on news sources very vulnerable...

     

    Did he goose the young to buy his product?
    1 Jan 2013, 08:53 AM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    Buy AAPL products as you don't need an anti- virus software program.
    1 Jan 2013, 01:38 PM Reply Like
  • anil92691
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    Yes, until the virus writers start targeting AAPL.
    1 Jan 2013, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • danieldotcom
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    That's a very, very old urban legend.
    2 Jan 2013, 02:53 AM Reply Like
  • Nimbears
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    To me, that's like chopping off my feet so I can't get athletes foot
    2 Jan 2013, 04:08 AM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    There's a new kid in town and it's called DeepSafe. ($INTC)
    Essentially is a new hardware assisted security system that sits close to the silicon and below the operating system where it can watch for suspicious behavior and take over control from the OS if need be.

     

    "Unlike traditional security solutions, McAfee DeepSAFE technology operates beyond the operating system to provide real-time kernel monitoring to detect and block advanced, hidden threats, such as stealth rootkits and APTs. McAfee DeepSAFE technology changes the way businesses think about security by providing security beyond the operating system and intelligence-in-depth where security is integral to hardware, network, systems, applications, and databases." http://bit.ly/VxWWqc
    1 Jan 2013, 03:21 PM Reply Like
  • JimmyFal
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    I have seen every mainstream anti-virus program walked over. If you let something in through the front door, there is no way for the anti-virus software to deal with that. It's like putting the cd in and installing the software. On other occasions, outdated software is the culprit. Remove java, keep Adobe products up to date, and keep the Operating System up to date. The actual anti-virus software itself is almost an afterthought to those initial procedures.
    2 Jan 2013, 03:49 AM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    @Jimmy

     

    " If you let something in through the front door, there is no way for the anti-virus software to deal with that."

     

    Not so. Many virus scanners detect, stop, clean viruses after they are installed.
    2 Jan 2013, 11:21 PM Reply Like
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