Flame poses challenge to anti virus status quo


Flame poses challenge to anti virus status quo

Simon Quicke

The reaction of the security industry to the discovery of the Flame threat, which appears to be the most complex attack launched so far in the ongoing cyber war, has been to call for resellers to sell customers greater layered defences.

The discovery by Kaspersky of the Flame attack, which went undetected for almost two years by the current crop of security products has raised the stakes for those looking to protect themselves from criminals intent on getting their hands on valuable sensitive data.

Yesterday, Eugene Kaspersky, founder and CEO of the anti virus specialist, described Flame as a step up in what had gone before presenting greater complexity than other forms of malware.

The debate has continued with the fall out for resellers appearing to be the need to advise customers to use more tools in greater depth to ensure they remain protected.

"As cyber warfare continues to escalate, criminal tactics are becoming increasingly damaging and sophisticated. The fact that Flame avoided detection from 43 different anti-virus tools and took more than two years to detect is simply unacceptable in this day and age, and acts as solid proof that traditional perimeter defences such as anti-virus software just aren't enough," said Ross Brewer, managing director and vice president of international markets at LogRhythm.

"Rather than just keeping threats out - which clearly no longer serves as an effective security strategy - data security now depends on addressing any potential threats in real time. This enables proactive identification, isolation and remediation of any potential cyber threats the moment that they occur - rather than having to depend on reactive perimeter solutions that can miss sophisticated malicious components such as Flame," he added. 

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