Traditional anti-virus tools now obsolete

Traditional anti-virus tools have become an outdated way of responding to today's threats, according to security giant McAfee. McAfee built its security empire on signature-based anti-virus products. However, Chris Kenworthy, senior vice president for enterprise at the firm, told delegates at the ISSE security conference in Madrid that the evolving nature of current threats should force firms to look at alternative ways to secure their systems.

He advised security professionals to invest in multiple integrated technologies to cope with different types of malware, including zero-day exploits, rootkits and Trojans. But more important than the technology is an enterprise security policy, according to Kenworthy. "We vendors want to sell you lots of products, but really it's the policy that will drive good security practice in an organisation. If you don't have the policies the technology will be ill-deployed," he said

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.......lol i haven't been using an AV in years. If you surf smart and don't download random things, why would you ever get infected?

(freeza said @ #1)
.......lol i haven't been using an AV in years. If you surf smart and don't download random things, why would you ever get infected?
simply by plugging in an infected friend's usb-based drive (even an iPod or camera). you don't know how many infected flash drives my friends have connected to my computer and the AV has done a pretty good job. it would be wise electric-taping our usb ports either, in order to keep an "Antivirusless" computer safe.

note, I have removable drive autoplay disabled and still virus warnings manage to pop up.

I surf the 'net ~10 hours a day and catch something malicious maybe once or twice a year, if anything at all. I don't know what some (or a lot of) users do to have their systems infected. Windows Firewall is good enough for me.

(Airlink said @ #13.2)
If you don't have any antivirus, how would you know if you became infected?

How do you know that you aren't infected, AV or not?

"You want bloat? Here, install our software."

...

"Thanks for installing our obsolete anti-virus software. For customer support prey to god."

:laugh: (j/k)

EDIT: About the topic: He has a point, but did he forgot that he makes obsolete software?

I'm sure he hasn't forgotten. However, when you're in the security business, and, I would imagine, getting complaints from businesses saying,"Hey, we still get viruses even with your bulls---!" it makes sense to take a moment to explain that there's more to it than simply having an antivirus.

It's like expecting the built in firewall on XP to stop all intruders. Granted, you pay for an antivirus and it should do SOMETHING, it just can't be the only defense you have.

I hate anti-virus software. Most of'em are bloated pieces of ****. I don't have one installed on my PC but I'm running AVG free on the laptop (which is used by the wife

The best software for protection? Your brain. Use it.

(sin-ergy said @ #7)
I hate anti-virus software. Most of'em are bloated pieces of ****. I don't have one installed on my PC but I'm running AVG free on the laptop (which is used by the wife

The best software for protection? Your brain. Use it.

"Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity."

No AV is one of the stupidist things you could do...

We have spam filtering, a pathetic AV, and we're all IT technicians in our office. It's our business... we still managed to get infected with the Bravia virus... still to this day we didn't know how it got in...

(Liquidfox said @ #7.2)
No AV is one of the stupidist things you could do...

We have spam filtering, a pathetic AV, and we're all IT technicians in our office. It's our business... we still managed to get infected with the Bravia virus... still to this day we didn't know how it got in...

While I can see this point of view, I also only have AV on my desktop, but not on my laptop. I generally only use my laptop for school related work so I don't view it as a big thing to have. I've been without AV on it for almost a year now and if I have some sort of virus/malware/etc, it's not affecting my laptop's performance, and so far as I know, nobody's stolen any identifying info off of it (if I have any stored, not sure on that one). If I ever do get a virus, I don't have anything sensitive enough that I'd regret losing by reverting to the manufacture state of the laptop.

So what's stupid about this scenario. I'm actually saving battery life by not having AV constantly running in the background. Yes, I know you can disable that function, but I don't much see the point of having AV if you aren't going to let it catch something as it hits, rather than after you've figured out it's messing up your system.

-Spenser

Wow guys - McAfee is practically saying the opposite of "buy our stuff". The guy is pointing out that if enterprises don't deploy security systems properly, there's no use in AV, which is probably true. They're pretty much saying "don't buy our stuff unless you know what you're doing".

I don't really support McAfee - I don't use their stuff, but the guy isn't saying anything greedy or stupid.

-Spenser

That's how I read it too. The comments above actually made me reread it in fact, thinking that,"Hey, maybe they all read it correctly and I somehow misread." But no, just people simply reading the title and posting...

you are right, is exactly what their saying that their AV and any others are not any use of new virus detect system and even worse on protecting a 0-day

i hope they and the others innovate the system, its to easy to build some random virus code and spread it without any AV detecting it, by what we can see in virus list on the AV their always N versions of the same virus simply because anyone with 1 version can simply use any freeware encrypting programs or compacting to be totally new signature

its time to innovate, one company (sorry don't remember what their name) developed an "AV" that relies not on signatures of virus but on signatures (md5 system i believe) of the programs themselfs

i know that is not the best solution to have a online database of Safe files signatures being one reason that the program we are running aren't their yet or simply if some user don't have Internet connection

lets see if their improve altogether, even if almost no one admit it, Vista UAC stops many spreads and helped some bit on this war against virus

(stifler6478 said @ #5)
Wow guys - McAfee is practically saying the opposite of "buy our stuff". The guy is pointing out that if enterprises don't deploy security systems properly, there's no use in AV, which is probably true. They're pretty much saying "don't buy our stuff unless you know what you're doing".

I don't really support McAfee - I don't use their stuff, but the guy isn't saying anything greedy or stupid.

-Spenser

The reason I sang the "buy our crap" song is because I'll bet they're getting ready to release something that will supposedly solve all the 'woes' in this article.

mcafee should not talk. We are uptodate with our mcafee installation and it only detects things after other software already detected it.

(excalpius said @ #3.2)
Indeed. Only Norton products are worse. Any IT department recommending either of these should be SACKED. :P

Don't know if I'd say "only" Norton is worse," but as far as the 3 worst pieces of software ever written in history, McAfee, Norton, and AOHELL are THEE top 3!!

"Traditional anti-virus tools now obsolete".... says an Anti-Virus vendor happy to sell you a non-obsolete version