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The Imperva Hacker Intelligence Initiative goes inside the cyber-underground and provides analysis of the trending hacking techniques and interesting attack campaigns.

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Assessing the Effectiveness of Antivirus Solutions


How good is antivirus? How should enterprises invest in endpoint protection? Imperva collected and analyzed more than 80 previously non-cataloged viruses against more than 40 antivirus solutions. Imperva found:
  • Antivirus solutions have a difficult time detecting newly created viruses – While antivirus vendors may constantly work to update their detection mechanisms, the initial rate of detection of new viruses by antivirus solutions in the study was less than 5%. Antivirus solutions in the study were unable to provide complete protection since they are unable to keep up with virus propagation on the Internet.
  • Antivirus solutions lag in updating signatures –In some cases in the study, it took anti-virus solutions up to four weeks following the initial scan to detect a virus.
  • Investment in antivirus is misaligned – In 2011, Gartner reported that consumers spent $4.5 billion on antivirus while enterprises spent $2.9 billion, a total of $7.4 billion or more than a third of the total of $17.7 billion spent on security software. In addition, certain freeware solutions in the study proved equally or more effective than paid solutions.


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