Why should anti-virus not
SVP and SVP
sure plumbing doesn’t leak, so you
actually need electrical code, you need
structural code, you need plumbing
codes. You can’t say plumbing is the
most important thing.
Or if I asked you, on a flight, what’s the
most important part of the aeroplane –
do you care more about the structural
integrity of the wings, or the engine?
You’d probably say ‘I don’t want to
answer that, I need both’. And that’s
the way that we need to think about
defending ourselves. There are a
lot of threats that exist and we need
technology that is able to offer a
comprehensive threat defence.
Anti-virus is very effective at defending
against some of the threats that are out
there and while there may be limitations
for that technology to work against some
things, it’s very effective against others.
I think if you look at what anti-virus is,
it’s one element of a malware defence
solution. If you look at what McAfee is
offering, we don’t really have an anti-virus
product that is anti-virus by itself, it’s
always a set of technologies that is using
a combination of cloud-based threat
intelligence, signature-based antivirus,
local detection and next generation
technologies, all working together.
What I would say is that the 30 years of
malicious content that has been created
at one point or another is still out there.
Having a baseline of defence against
even legacy threats remains important.
And what it really comes down to is that
you need to think about a cybersecurity
defence as defending against a set
of threat scenarios as opposed to
necessarily knowing which threat
scenario will impact you.
The analogy I would give is, think about
building a house and ask ‘what are the
threats you need to worry about when
the house is completed?’
Well you want to make sure there are
no electrical fires, you want to make
sure there’s no structural damage –
you don’t want to have the house fall
down on you – and you want to make
You need to
think about a
a set of threat
So, having it as one of the pieces of your
overall cyberdefence strategy is critical.
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