Virus Bulletin Article, February 2013

First the Virus Bulletin papers, then the Virus Bulletin articles. Here’s the first (or, actually, the latest, though there’s another in the pipeline that I should be able to make available to non-readers of VB in about three months time).

David Harley, “Anti-Virus: Last Rites, or Rites of Passage?“, February 2013. Copyright is held by Virus Bulletin Ltd., but is made available on this site for personal use free of charge by permission of Virus Bulletin.

Once again, we hear that anti-virus is dead, or at least not worth paying for. And A Certain Competitor used pseudo-testing with VirusTotal to ‘prove’ the same point, back at the beginning of the year. This article was an attempt at a more balanced view of the issue, going as far as to consider what a world without paid AV researchers might actually look like.

“Would the same companies currently dissing AV while piggybacking its research be able to match the expertise of the people currently working in anti-malware labs?”

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP Small Blue-Green World ESET Senior Research Fellow

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About David Harley

Computer Security Author/Editor; Independent Antimalware Researcher; CEO at Small Blue-Green World; Senior Research Fellow at ESET.
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