The current approach to IT security and attack prevention is causing companies to waste money on ineffective technology, according to one security expert.
IT security professional 'deconstruct0r' said that firms should shift the focus from conventional anti-virus tools and instead look to spend time and money on alternative methods to prevent attack.
'Deconstruct0r', who asked to be identified by his alias, told V3 that the rise in unique malware and targeted attacks that use specially crafted tools means that the current anti-virus method of detecting and blocking known samples is no longer effective.
"They do not even grasp that they pay for a product to protect them which isn't doing it," he said. "Why don't we use free anti-virus and take the money being spent on that and do something else?"
Rather than spend large amounts of money on anti-virus platforms, 'deconstruct0r' suggests that firms look to alternatives such as intrusion prevention systems or virtualisation tools that can run a web browser in an isolated instance.
With new malware samples at record levels, many companies have looked to supplement signature-based platforms with hueristics tools and cloud-based services. But 'deconstruct0r' warned that both methods contain fundamental flaws.
"The challenge with hueristics is that if you miss you get infected, and if it works too well it blocks your ability to do things," he said. "[The cloud] still doesn't address targeted attacks, and you now have scalability issues."
Ultimately, 'deconstruct0r' sees a need for IT security vendors and their customers to change their way of thinking and develop a new approach to current and future security threats.
"If you are a targeted organisation you need to take a real hard look at your spending," he said. "We can't solve the problem using the thinking that got us there in the first place. We need to start thinking differently."
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