Antivirus software used to be a very reliable way to protect against viruses and malware. But that was a time when viruses were crude, predictable and more simple than they are today, and the damage they could cause was not nearly as devastating. In fact, it could be argued that it is the traditional antivirus solutions have remained static, predictable and are no longer up to the task of today’s threat.
As the world grows more connected and technology becomes more complex and ubiquitous, the threats have also evolved in kind. To make matters worse, cybercrime has turned into a lucrative trade over the years and the lure of easy money inevitably means that the threats will just continue to grow more persistent, diverse, frequent and sophisticated with each passing day.
Today’s advanced cyber threats are designed to be as stealthy as possible, utilising various techniques to evade detection. They’re also designed to propagate rapidly, taking advantage of the interconnectedness of today’s digital workspace. Moreover, we’re also seeing the rise of malware-less attacks in recent years. By exploiting whitelisted tools or stolen credentials, hackers can completely bypass antivirus detection.
The ways in which a breach could happen is no longer as straightforward as before. There exists a number of ways in which an unsuspecting victim’s system can be breached without them having to click or actively download an infected file. Take drive-by downloads, for example. Just visiting a compromised website could allow malicious content to install on a device.
With zero-day attacks, meanwhile, attackers exploit security flaws that already exist within a system. Since the vulnerabilities are yet to be discovered or patched, organisations may unknowingly find themselves at the mercy of cybercriminals and risk suffering significant financial and reputational damages.
The diversity and complexity of modern cyber threats mean that even the best antivirus solution out there, by design, isn’t equipped to completely secure your system. The antivirus may be strong in certain aspects, but leave gaping security holes in others. But worryingly enough, many organisations still rely heavily on antivirus as their go-to protection method.
In order to protect against the many different kinds of threats that are currently out there, having a well thought out, multi-layered security model is absolutely crucial. Among the next-generation security solutions offered by one of the market-leading security companies, Cisco, is Advanced Malware Protection (AMP).
Cisco Advanced Malware Protection gives enterprises more visibility and control to thwart advanced attacks – with global threat intelligence, advanced sandboxing, and real-time malware blocking to prevent breaches. But since prevention alone isn’t enough, AMP also continuously analyses file activity across the extended network, allowing swift detection, containment and removal of advanced malware.
AMP can be deployed on a variety of platforms and used to protect the endpoints, network as well as email and web traffic, safeguarding all possible points of entry for known and unknown threats.
All in all, the solutions that are in place must cover all the bases. Traditional antivirus just doesn’t cut it anymore and enterprises really need to start approaching everything with security at the forefront of their thinking rather than as an afterthought.