We learned a long time ago that antivirus alone doesn’t really do much at all. Most of us are very, very unlikely to encounter a virus on the Internet – we’re far more likely to encounter rogues, bundlers, and other malware. We’ve been saying Norton and McAfee are wastes of system resources (as well as some other antivirus programs). Now Symantec, the maker of Norton Antivirus admits antivirus software alone is mostly impotent.
We’ll put in a shameless plug for Emsisoft because it is an antimalware and antivirus both. It can help protect you from the things you’re most likely to bump heads with on the Internet. So — we were right again…
Symantec has declared antivirus software “dead” as it finally gets ready to take the fight to the new breed of cyber security threats that are plaguing companies across the globe.
Brian Dye, Symantec senior VP for information security, told the Wall Street Journal that antivirus is no longer a “moneymaker in any way” for Symantec or any other firm and that technology is being developed that will limit the effect future cyber attacks have.
This week will see the launch of a Symantec response team that will help businesses that have been hacked and put it in a position to challenge its competitors. In six months time it’s planned that the company will be able to sell intelligence briefings on specific threats to let clients work out if they are being hacked and why hackers have chosen to attack the business in question.
Symantec is also devising technology that will allow it look for more advanced malicious software inside a network in order to give it a service that is similar to those already offered by competitors, and Dye hinted at some annoyance with Symantec’s sluggish investment in new technology. “It’s one thing to sit there and get frustrated,” said Dye. “It’s another thing to act on it, go get your act together and go play the game you should have been playing in the first place”.