Above all, Lenkey noted that firewalls and antivirus software are no longer sufficient because hackers can readily by-pass them with unique, undetectable malware – and assailants can do so without the targeted company ever becoming aware of the attack.
Lenkey stressed, “If there is one thing you take out of here today, it is: Yes, [firewalls and antivirus] are necessary, and, yes, they provide a protection value, but it’s not what you think it is. It is not what it was, 10 years ago. They are fully and thoroughly subverted at this point; it is easy to do.”
In fact, Lenkey and his team tested anti-malware products, and he reported: “It was like a hot knife through butter. It surprised even me. I was expecting that we would have [perhaps] an 80 percent fail rate, for the antivirus. I did not expect a 98 percent fail rate. Antivirus is almost useless at detecting a current threat; a current malware. Now, the longer the malware sits on the machine, the more the chance that the antivirus might catch it, if [the malware] is not being updated. You will find that antivirus software detects abandoned malware; malware that has been on your machine for a long time. It might be a worm or something out there, still spreading old stuff around. However, for the most part – the first wave threat is the one that is going to get you.”
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