The world is changing, and IT is no different. So it’s only logical that security requirements are evolving as well. A study by the Gartner Group reveals that $20 billion were spent on security software in 2012. This number is predicted to reach $94 billion by the end of 2017. When asked about their antivirus protection, companies will usually answer that they have a product byKaspersky, TrendMicro, McAfee, or Microsoft.
These solutions have indeed proven effective in the past, but they are becoming increasingly inefficient.
In 2010 the German research Institute AVTEST estimated that there are 49 million malware programs in the wild. McAfee reported in 2011 that two million viruses are discovered each month. In turn, Kaspersky Lab announced in 2013 that around 200,000 new malware programs are identified and neutralized every day.
But what is truly alarming is how long it takes to even detect malware once it has been released into circulation. For instance, researchers at Kaspersky Lab in Moscow discovered in 2012 that a highly complex and hitherto unknown piece of malware called FLAME had been doing the rounds for five years already, stealing data from information systems around the world. FLAME truly represented a failure of the antivirus industry, and most likely brought the entire antivirus software era to an end.