What the Antivirus Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know
Most antivirus products are not that effective when protecting against known AND unknown threats. Learn more about the unique proactive protection provided by PC Matic SuperShield.–PC Pitstop
By Stu Sjouwerman, for KnowBe4.com Security Awareness Training
The Antivirus industry has a dirty little secret that they really don’t want anyone to know. Despite the claims of their marketing departments, their products are not all that effective. Many of them are only protecting against at best 80% or 90% of the threats out there in the wild at any time.
Let’s look at that in more detail. AV products need to protect against two general types of threats: ones that are known and threats that are unknown. The ones that are known, they have a signature for so that they can detect the threat and get rid of it. This is called reactive detection.
Then, there are threats that are still unknown, usually new, fresh threats created by the bad guys. AV products need to protect against those in a proactive way, and antivirus software can be scored looking at how many of those new threats they block.
This excerpt appears with permission from knowbe4.com.