Ten Anti-Malware Buying Criteria

Legacy prevention and detect-and-respond technologies have had their merits during the evolution of malware. However, today’s malware threats are far more advanced and prolific than ever before, and such techniques are no longer sufficient to protect your systems and network.

Relying solely on post-execution detection is a risky proposition for your enterprise.

“Today, the reactive approach is the anti-malware industry’s greatest weakness. The model of reacting to what has already been seen, experienced, or known is limiting,” said Chad Skipper, VP of Industry Relations & Product Testing.

“A pre-execution prevention strategy is the first step in building an effective security portfolio.”

The basic requirement of any anti-malware solution: If a file is bad, block it. Although this principle is simple enough, the solution has been elusive. Until now. With the evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) based pre-execution prevention, a very efficient anti-malware solution is now a reality.

For far too long, we’ve been conditioned to believe that our defense against malware will be adequate, as long as we keep our anti-malware software continuously updated to detect known threats.

When that approach increasingly began to fail, we were then conditioned to believe that a breach is inevitable, so we must add complex layers of defense to respond. This approach is inherently reactive.

The recently released book Next-Generation Anti-Malware Testing for Dummies suggests evaluating solutions based on the following:

  • Addressing the Attack Vectors: First, and foremost, an anti-malware solution must address all attack vectors
  • Effectiveness: Can your anti-malware solution provide a predictive advantage whereby it can prevent tomorrow’s malware yesterday? Effectiveness is a single source of truth
  • Performance: Look for solutions that have a minimal impact on CPU and memory utilization, particularly on specialized systems
  • Ease of Use: Anti-malware products shouldn’t require your end users to be security experts and shouldn’t require specialized training to understand and use
  • Non-intrusive: Anti-malware should run seamlessly in the background, without interrupting the user experience or negatively impacting productivity
  • Platform Coverage: Look for a solution that provides proactive, predictive, and preventative techniques in anti-malware protection that can be applied across platforms, operating systems, file types, and devices
  • Deployment: Given today’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) capabilities, look for solutions that require little (if any) capital investment and avoid extensive on-premises management solutions
  • Simplicity: Rather than deploying layers upon layers of legacy security products with complex, overlapping policies, look for an anti-malware solution that is simple, yet complete
  • Management, Reporting, and Third-Party Integration: Look for anti-malware solutions that provide robust management and reporting capabilities and can easily integrate into existing security information and event management (SIEM) platforms
  • Cost and Support: Beyond the initial acquisition cost, look at the ongoing maintenance and support costs

“There are many important criteria’s that one should consider when evaluating anti-malware options for your enterprise,” Skipper noted.

“We suggest ten here that should be a good starting point for the industry. Effectiveness, performance and ease of use are critical.”

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