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January/February 2012

New malware threats require new antimalware protection strategy

While IT continues to fight increasingly clever attacks against on-site enterprise infrastructure, new malware is taking aim at lower-hanging fruit: under-secured smartphones, mobile applications, social media, and other cloud services. As workers make more extensive use of such perimeter-less platforms, they create rich targets that require new antimalware protection strategies to mitigate these multifaceted new malware threats. Enterprises can defend themselves by understanding these new malware vectors, enforcing application policies, implementing new device resident and cloud-based antimalware techniques, and leveraging other security tools. Following the money Far more than fame or hacktivism, the malware industry is driven by financial gain and drawn to low-cost, high-profit attacks. This has been repeatedly proven, as malware migrated from floppy to USB drives, email to Web, browser to PDF, abandoning old haunts to seek out more vulnerable monocultures. "As technology trends such as Web and mobile come to the forefront, ...

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