Outmaneuvered at their own game, anti-virus makers are struggling to adapt, as it becomes apparent that antivirus programs perform poorly against new viruses. A wave of new products is looking at security in a new way. Instead of blocking what's bad, they monitor access to servers, databases and files for suspicious activity. Read More ..
The anti-virus industry has a dirty little secret: Its products often are not very good at stopping viruses. Consumers and businesses spend billions of dollars every year on anti-virus software, which rarely, if ever, block freshly minted computer viruses, experts say, because the virus creators move too quickly. That is prompting start-ups and other companies to get creative about new approaches to computer security.
"The bad guys are always trying to be a step ahead," said Matthew D. Howard, a venture capitalist at Norwest Venture Partners who previously set up the security strategy at Cisco Systems. "And it doesn't take a lot to be a step ahead."
Computer viruses used to be the domain of digital mischief makers. But in the mid-2000s, when criminals discovered that malicious software could be profitable, the number of new viruses began to grow exponentially.