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Why are you still paying for antivirus?

Kane Lightowler, Managing Director, Asia Pacific & Japan, Carbon Black | May 4, 2016
Kane Lightowler of Carbon Black gives a critical analysis of the advanced threats that businesses are facing today, and shares why organisations should re-look their approach to endpoint security in order to make the right investments in solutions that can address the strategic and economic risk of today’s attacks.

NGES goes beyond AV's reactive approach to security and takes on a proactive stance. It continuously scans, monitors and collects data from an organization's endpoints. By recording an adversary's every move, security teams can pinpoint the root cause of an attack and ultimately stop the adversary from successfully executing a similar attack in future. 

It's an arms race 

Currently, organizations are still prioritizing their investments on antivirus over advanced endpoint threat protection. This investment model is inverted and Chief Security Officers (CSO) need to re-evaluate and invest in solutions that can address the strategic and economic risk of today's attacks. 

As advanced attacks grow to be the biggest financial threat to organizations' cyber security, it is imperative that advanced solutions should make up the majority of an organization's endpoint security budget.

With the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), our endpoints will only grow hungrier for more information. This means more attack vectors for cyber criminals and even more data that can be exploited and held ransom. In February 2016, a hospital in California paid a ransom of USD$17,000 to hackers who had infiltrated their network and encrypted their files. In March 2016, another hospital in Kentucky found themselves in a state of emergency after a similar form of attack. Every organization, regardless of size or industry, can be and will be a target. And until these organizations arm themselves with the appropriate security measures, they run the risk of losing millions of dollars in damages.


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