Is Anti-Malware Dead?

With the techniques used by malware becoming increasing adept and adaptive, the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) has released a paper arguing that current common preventative methods for protection against malware are no longer effective.

Focusing on the historic approaches of signature and behavioral based anti-malware, the paper notes the vulnerabilities that these leave, especially against attacks capable of self-obfuscation, self-propagation, and intelligent adaption, which all interfere with the standard protective approach of “detect and respond” or “breach and react”.

Instead, for addressing the persistent threat of malware, the ICIT paper promotes the development and deployment of machine learning AI endpoint security solutions, capable of offering predictive and preventative solutions capable of preempting malicious code, and incorporating many of the techniques previously handled by manual processes.

Through deployment of adaptive AI techniques, many of the new threats presented by malware may be controlled.