"It is an arms race," Schultz said. "As new avenues for exploitation arise, new counter-functionality is being built into AV software."
"Certainly it is a bit hyperbolic to claim AV software is dead," he added. "Many people still depend on anti-virus as an integral part of their multi-layered defense."
While it's unlikely that dire assessments of antivirus software will go away, it's also unlikely that those assessments will be fulfilled any time soon. As Chris Doggett, managing director of Kaspersky Lab North America, observed, "Cyber attacks will continue to grow in number and complexity, and AV software will always be a part of the bigger security solution that is fighting against them for both users and organizations."
"Without AV software as part of future securities," he continued, "we'd be giving up the idea of protecting endpoints and mobile devices, leaving millions of people at the mercy of cyber criminals."
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