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Has the end arrived for desktop antivirus?


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Analysts say traditional desktop antivirus, signature-based protection won’t protect corporate jewels — whitelisting, behavior-blocking technology is the answer

Is the bell tolling for desktop antivirus technology?

Some industry analysts are proclaiming the traditional antivirus method for detecting and eradicating viruses, trojans, spyware and other baneful code by matching it against a signature to be “dead."

They say signature-based checking can’t keep up with the flood of virus variants manufactured by a criminal underworld that is beating the antivirus vendors at their own game. And they are arguing it’s time for companies to adopt newer approaches, such as whitelisting or behavior-blocking, to protect desktops and servers.

“It’s the beginning of the end for antivirus," says Robin Bloor, partner at consulting firm Hurwitz & Associates, in Boston, who adds he began his “antivirus is dead" campaign a year ago and feels even more strongly about it today. “I’m going to keep beating this drum. The approach antivirus vendors take is completely wrong. The criminals working to release these viruses against computer users are testing against antivirus software. They know what works and how to create variants."

The fundamental problem “isn’t about viruses, it’s about what should be running on a computer," Bloor says.

Instead of antivirus software, he says, users should be investing in whitelisting software that prevents viruses from running because it only allows authorized applications to run.

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Very interesting article that I read in my copy of NetworkWorld the other day... worth a read for just about anyone IMHO...
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