WHITE PAPERZero Hour Virus Protection: Defending Against theUnknown
Sponsored by: VirusBuster, BlueCat, G-Data, AhnLab, CommtouchDan Yachin, Research Director, EMEA Emerging TechnologiesAugust 2005
Despite the massive deployment of antivirus solutions, viruses and other types ofmalware are still the greatest security threat for enterprises. Fighting malware is aperpetual war, in which attackers constantly identify and target emergingvulnerabilities order to stay one step ahead of defenders. Today, many rapidlypropagating attacks are aimed at the weak spot of traditional antivirus solutions,which are based on developing new signatures for new threats – a time-consumingprocess (hours-long at best) that creates a window of vulnerability where end usersare unprotected. In light of these threats, organizations can no longer solely rely onreactive signature-based solutions. To protect against new and unknown threats,more proactive approaches should be applied, providing improved response timeswithout compromising detection levels.
IDC developed this white paper using a combination of existing market forecasts anddirect, in-depth, primary research. To gain insight into the challenges of fightingmodern malware, especially sophisticated rapidly propagating threats, and to learnabout how Commtouch's Zero-Hour Virus Protection can help mitigate associatedrisks, IDC interviewed the company team on the issues of technology, productofferings, competitive landscape, and go-to-market strategy. IDC also interviewedvendors employing Commtouch's technology including BlueCat Networks andVirusBuster.
IN THIS WHITE PAPER
This IDC white paper looks at the problem of zero-hour malware outbreaks that areaimed at infecting as many machines as possible before vaccinations are available. Itprovides an overview of traditional signature-based antivirus technologies and theirweaknesses in protecting against this type of attack, and examines different proactivevirus detection and protection approaches.
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