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Eugene Kaspersky lashes out at Symantec’s 'anti-virus is dead' remark

Kaspersky has heard it all before, and thinks it's still 'alive and kicking'
Wed May 07 2014, 12:30
Eugene Kaspersky is chief executive of Kaspersky Lab

EUGENE KASPERSKY has disputed claims by a Symantec executive that "anti-virus is dead", claiming that it's still very much "alive and kicking".

Symantec SVP for information security Brian Dye told the Wall Street Journal last weekend that anti-virus software "is dead" and a better way to minimise damages from data breaches is to instead focus the firm's efforts towards spotting hackers within a system before they cause damage, as opposed to just trying to keep them out.

"We don't think of anti-virus as a moneymaker in any way," he said, adding that he is leading the reinvention effort at Symantec that reflects a broader shift in the cybersecurity industry.

However, Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky said in an emailed statement on Wednesday that he's heard the same remark too many times before.

"I've heard antiviruses being declared dead and buried quite a few times over the years, but they're still here with us - alive and kicking," he said. "I fully agree that single-layer signature-based virus scanning is nowhere near a sufficient degree of protection - not for individuals, not for organizations large or small; however, that's been the case for many years."

Kaspersky said that security is about a combination of various technologies - heuristics, sandboxing, cloud protection and many others - which form essential elements of any superior quality IT security approach, but that these work well alongside "good old time-tested signature-based virus detection".

Earlier this year, Kaspersky said that the Android mobile operating system is beset by over 10 million malicious apps.

In a Kaspersky Security Bulletin, researchers said that by late January 2014 they had found 200,000 unique samples of mobile malware at the Google Play store and other sources, which get re-used and re-packaged to look like different apps. µ


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