Survey: Anti-Virus Solutions Offer Inadequate Protection

Anti-virus programs may not be as effective as they initially were thought to be: A new study by Cyveillance found AV vendors detect less than 19 percent of malware attacks on the first day malware appears in the wild, and even after 30 days, many vendors cannot detect known attacks, making it critical for businesses to become more proactive in terms of cybersecurity to reduce the risk for infection.

“To increase protection, users can’t forget the basics – avoid unknown or disreputable websites, increase security settings on their web browser and leverage supplemental malware block lists to increase security on their devices,” said Panos Anastassiadis, chief operating officer of Cyveillance. “Only through both proactive and reactive tools can a solid security platform be achieved.”

Cyveillance tested 13 popular AV solutions from vendors such as Trend Micro and Symantec to determine their detection rate over a 30-day period. The findings indicated that popular solutions only detect an average of 18.9 percent of new malware attacks. By day eight, AV solutions average a 45.7 percent detection rate, rising to 56.6 percent on day 15, 60.3 percent by day 22, and 61.7 percent after 30 days. Top AV solutions take an average of 11.6 days to catch up to new malware.

While anti-virus vendors have criticized the methodology of the “Malware Detection Rates for Leading AV Solutions:  A Cyveillance Analysis” as flawed as it only examined signature-based detection of malware, Cyveillance argued its research shows that users should practice safe computing as a way of minimizing risks rather than relying on anti-virus to protect them, The Register reported.

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