Despite the ongoing investments in traditional antivirus products, organizations continue to experience ransomware attacks, which makes you wonder if antivirus is a waste of money. Endpoints have often become the easiest attack vector and often fail to prevent security breaches. Attempts at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of antivirus solutions, as well as the security industry’s collective focus on detection and response, have only resulted in incremental improvements in endpoint protection while exposing additional flaws that limit their effectiveness in preventing cyber breaches. Why does it continue to fail? The assumption that by continually updating signatures on endpoints, you can keep pace with the volume of malware in existence. This thinking is flawed.
The signature-based scanning of files has been the cornerstone of AV’s ability to detect malicious content. In the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, signature-based antivirus provided sufficient protection for endpoints and servers, given the sophistication and frequency of attacks of that era.