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Industry Insight: Malware Redefined

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  February 11, 2014

Aviv Raff, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, and core-technologist at Seculert, shares useful insight – outlining how the enterprise marketplace must accept the changed "_nature of malware" – in a recent article published on the Security Week website. In this informative article, Raff reveals, "_I've often noticed that despite all of the major changes that the business world has experienced over the past few years — many of which could be classified as transformational innovations and total reinventions — we're often stuck using the same old terms to describe completely new things._" In the article, Raff clarifies his view of the term "malware_" and as an example shows how in today's business world "_there are situations where failing to grasp an old term's new meaning can pose a significant danger to the stability, success and in some cases, survival of an enterprise._"

Raff writes in the article that in the early days of computer technology, "_malware was typically created and deployed by script kiddies bent on flexing their programming muscles._" He notes that along with the "_harmless pranks_" that popped up around the world, some attacks were "_severe_" and "_all were technically illegal._" In those days, although frustrating, these events were not "_devastating_" – and as his words in the article state, "_the enterprise world_" concluded that "_setting up perimeter security (e.g., signature-based antivirus products, firewalls, secure web gateways, and so on) was enough to keep malware from infecting their network and causing major damage_. " Those days are gone. As the article continues, Raff informs that in many ways, the enterprise world is "_unrecognizably different compared to years ago_" and "_today's malware is a completely different and a qualitatively more dangerous threat._"

Read more of Raff's insights about the serious changes in malware that have taken place over a short period of time in the informative, full article here at the Security Week website.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  February 11, 2014