Businesses need to reduce their reliance on anti-virus software, an IT analyst has said after an executive at one of the pioneering suppliers of security software said anti-virus products are “doomed to failure”.
Antivirus "is dead," Brian Dye, Symantec's senior vice president for information security told the Wall Street Journal earlier in May. "We don't think of antivirus as a moneymaker in any way."
Security suppliers are trying alternative tactics to protect computers, such as customers to place fake data inside their firewalls to distract hackers, the newspaper reported.
Fran Howarth, a security expert at Bloor Research, agreed. She told Accounting WEB that anti-virus software has been “dead and buried” for some time.
It still has a place in defending against known attacks through blacklisting and signatures, but that is no longer sufficient...
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