The antivirus software makers might push you hard to sign up, and you would probably think that the business is flourishing. However, according to Brian Dye, the Senior vice President of Symantec’s Information Security group, it is actually the other way around.
Dye mentioned in the Wall Street Journal that antivirus tools like Norton suite (his company’s own antivirus), are potentially “dead”. The executive says that the utilities can not even catch half of the malicious attacks. He added further that his company is now concentrating more on limiting the damage in case there is an effective hack or infection.
This is the reason Symantec has been planning lately to sell not only recovery services but also threat briefings to its corporate customers.
Furthermore, in future the company might also incorporate such technology that detects malware; trying to follow other apps. However, it will not be possible for the developers to give up its primary cash cow just yet, hence we will be seeing these products on shelves for a couple of more years.
Different antivirus packages, like Norton, account for 40% of the company’s revenue, but the new services won’t protect a PC at home. One may rely on security software hanging around, but it should be noted well that an extra software will be required, as a healthy precaution to ensure vital protection.