During the last quarter of 2016, 30 percent of all malware doing the rounds was so new that traditional anti-virus software companies had not yet developed signatures for them.
Gartner have observed that users are shifting an ever growing portion of their IT security budgets to “Detection and Response” activities. Demand for pure prevention, the experts go on to say, is now shrinking.
In 2016 the number of blackmail attacks by means of software multiplied strikingly. And ever more often such “ransomware” is now aiming to squeeze money out of small and medium-sized enterprises.
The online world is ablaze with a discussion about whether having anti-virus software on a computer could actually pose a greater risk than the malware it is intended to safeguard against.
CIOs would do well to pursue a risk management led approach when selecting, commissioning and supervising their IT service providers.