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Actually, a very good article in this issue of Processor. Nothing radically new here, but the writer understands the problem and states it clearly.

“The day of the [AV] scanner being the main line of defense is dead . . . it’s just that most people don’t know it yet,” says AVG’s Thompson. Last year alone, AVG added more than 650,000 signatures to its antivirus engine. “There are 20,000 to 30,000 unique binary samples every day. The bad guys know how to beat a scanner.”

It’s also worth noting that tests that focus on virus detections are completely useless in evaluating an anti-malware solution. Today’s malware is a totally different, vicious animal — and detection is also only part of the picture. Remediation is as important as detection to enterprise customers.

More here.

Alex Eckelberry