A recent study found approximately 40% of end users who had a traditional antivirus in place during the first half of this year, experienced a malware attack. Traditional security solutions include a vast majority of those on the market. They are software programs that utilize a blacklist technology, which only blocks known malware threats. Therefore, all unknown files are allowed to execute. This creates issues because new malware variants are released daily, meaning keeping the blacklist updated is impossible.
Instead of trying to chase down the newly developed malware variants, the world needs an alternative security solution. This solution is a whitelist. Instead of only blocking known malware variants, an application whitelist only allows for trusted security solutions to execute. Therefore, these new, unknown malicious software variants are blocked from running on endpoints; thus maintaining the highest level of security available. This default deny approach has been proven far more successful in malware prevention and detection by Virus Bulletin.
Currently, very few antivirus solutions are utilizing the application whitelist approach. One security platform that has had a whitelist in place since 2011 in PC Matic. Instead of waiting for the next malware attack, stay protected with an endpoint solution that focuses on prevention instead of remediation.
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