Anti-virus is Not a Security Strategy

While anti-virus plays an important role in complete security architecture, gone are the days when it’s acceptable to simply install anti-virus and consider oneself secure, says Ryan W. Smith of Mojave Threat Labs.

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In a recent Infosecurity magazine article, Ryan writes…

“While anti-virus plays an important role in complete security architecture, gone are the days when it’s acceptable to simply install anti-virus and consider oneself secure.

While anti-virus plays an important role in complete security architecture, gone are the days when it’s acceptable to simply install anti-virus and consider oneself secure.

Imagine that the FBI is conducting a nationwide manhunt looking for a suspect and they’ve sent out every image they can find from Facebook, Instagram, TwitPic and even printed pictures found in the suspect’s house. Trying to sneak through the border, the victim concocts a disguise by cutting and dyeing their hair red, wearing green contacts, inserting lifts into their shoes, and adding fake facial hair. Using this new look that doesn’t exist in any of the previous pictures, the suspect is allowed to pass by the FBI without objection.

While the FBI is far more capable than to be duped by such a basic disguise, most of the anti-virus systems are regularly fooled by this type of trickery every day.”

Read the complete article.

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