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Anti-Virus is no longer working on endpoint devices

October 17, 2017, MOQdigital Marketing

Cyber Security

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Businesses need to ensure their security to ensure their success. Companies will develop effective protection and recovery plans, as well as invest in up-to-date security software and policies. However, with the advancement of technology, programs often thought to keep systems safe are falling far short of the mark. Anti-virus software is no longer able to provide adequate security for end-point devices, and businesses need to consider other options for protection options for protection.

The End-Point Device

End-point devices are internet capable hardware; usually, computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and other devices used to access the world online. Increasingly, devices are becoming more network ready, and connectivity is a growing trend in the current market. With wearable devices, interconnectivity, and even printers, fridges, and cars able to access the internet and utilise IoT, we are more connected – and vulnerable – than ever before.

 Anti-Virus

The inefficiency of anti-virus systems has been problematic for several years. However, now that end-point devices have increased in popularity, awareness about the pitfalls of anti-virus systems has become increasingly relevant. Once a mainstay of security, anti-virus systems just cannot keep up with the current technology landscape. While anti-virus processes have improved, the approach is mostly unchanged: looking at incoming data to identify signatures, and identify, quarantine, and remove malicious files. While historically this was sufficient for endpoints and preventing corruption, two factors have diminished the effectiveness of anti-virus software to the point where it is unreliable and unnecessary. These are:

1)    Malware has changed: Viruses and cybersecurity risks are faster and smarter than ever before. Viruses can permeate a system and spread globally before vendors are aware of it, let alone act to contain the threat. This is evident in the WannaCry Malware attacks of early 2017.

2)    Variation: The versions of illicit programs have grown, becoming more dynamic, more flexible, and even adding deliberate signature changes to reduce tractability. While many attackers do use old Malware, some of which can be caught by anti-virus, systems that are not up-to-date, and variations of old viruses, can easily slip by unnoticed.

Simply put, anti-virus systems are generally not able to keep up with the speed and variation of current software. However, does this mean that anti-virus is dead? Perhaps not. Systems like Windows Defender are continually upgraded to keep up with the current market, and behavioural analyses are being added to anti-virus software to help bolster its protection. This, however, is not enough. Businesses need to be vigilant, and those using anti-virus software should consider it another line of defence, rather than a catch-all. With the advancement of technology, and the market’s increasing dependence on end-point devices and connectivity, companies must incorporate a solid security plan, as well as backup policies, systems of response, and ongoing maintained to ensure that their systems are patched, capable, and ready to prevent and predict breaches in cybersecurity. Endpoint security is something that companies should consider, and endpoint protection of networks and client devices are becoming an essential barrier to the pathways of cyber-attacks.

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