By Damien Garvey, Technical Account Manager at Backup-Technology
January 11, 2013

Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Anti-Virus Products NOT All That Effective Against New Viruses

Backup your Data: The Effectiveness of Antivirus Products
The results from a recent study — [ link: - ] — that investigated the effectiveness of the antivirus products that are currently available in the market have been released. The results showed that anti-virus products are not all that effective against new viruses, which makes the need for having a suitable and robust backup solution in place more important.

The study was undertaken by Imperva and a group of students from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. They tested 82 malware samples against 40 different antivirus products to test how effective the products are in detecting viruses. The results are quite frightening as the detection rate for newly created viruses was less than 5%. This is quite concerning. If your company was to be targeted by a new virus, the likelihood of it infiltrating your system and possibly changing or deleting data is very high. Therefore, having a suitable and robust backup solution in place is important so you can recover any data, servers or standalone machines that have been affected.

Although the antivirus companies are constantly updating their antivirus detection databases, the study found that they are struggling to keep up with the rate of how quickly new viruses are being created. For some antivirus vendors, a virus isn’t detected for up to four weeks from the time of the initial scan. By utilising an antivirus product from one of these vendors, your system could be affected by the virus for a reasonable period of time and cause significant harm before it is detected.

Despite these finding, Imperva did stress the need to continue to use antivirus products but that a greater security focus should be put on using technologies that detect abnormal behaviour — [ link: - ] — in systems and servers. They believe that such a combination will offer greater coverage and significantly help in detecting viruses. Although many antivirus products purport to contain such technologies already, the results from this latest study suggests that they are far from effective.

With exploiters continuing to learn the strengths and weaknesses of antivirus products and developing more sophisticated viruses, the importance to ensure that your data is recoverable increases dramatically. Ideally a secure offsite and onsite backup solution — [ link: - ] — will be utilised alongside a modern antivirus product so no matter what happens your data and servers can be recovered and will reduce the overall impact.

About the Author: Damien Garvey is a Technical Account Manager at Backup-Technology, an Asigra powered cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions provider.

General Tags: CEO interviews, online backup reviews, cloud computing, online backup providers directory, data storage, backing up online, top rated online backups, online data backup, online backup services, online backup, online file storage, compare online backups, software as a service, online file backup, online backup companies, SaaS, online backup news, data security

Like us on Facebook

Do you like this post? Subscribe to our RSS feed ===========================

Sponsored Links:

Data Deposit Box


Bacula Systems



Related posts:

  1. Launches Online Tech Support, Online Data Backup, Anti-Virus Security Services for Digital Peace of Mind
  2. Synametrics Cloud Backup Expert Tips: Inside Cryptolocker Virus – How Does it Work?
  3. Free Online Backup Solution Protects User Files From New Computer Virus Blackhole That’s Spreading Rapidly Via Twitter
  4. BullGuard Launches Free Online Virus Scan to Detect the Latest Threats
  5. Carbonite Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Getting the Most out of Online Services – Little Tricks can Make a Big Difference
  6. IDrive Online Backup Launches Rewind Functionality to Protect Users from Crypto Viruses
  7. Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: 50 Million LivingSocial Customers’ Data Compromised
  8. Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Data Security – How Quickly can you Detect a Data Breach?
  9. Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: UK Armed Forces at Risk of Cyber Attack
  10. Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Scottish Council Ahead of Schedule with New Data Protection Policy

Tags: , ,