Sophisticated Malware Is Stumping Security Pros

July 25, 2013 – 12:36 PM

The ferocious nature of modern malware is wreaking havoc on some organizations, forcing security professionals to reassess current security policies and consider spending on modernizing defenses to detect attacks, according to a new survey.

The study, released this week by Enterprise Strategy Group and commissioned by Malwarebytes, surveyed 315 security professionals at companies in North America. It found that 74 percent of respondents have increased their security budgets over the past two years in direct response to more sophisticated malware threats.

Businesses need to assess their current defenses to avoid making impulsive spending decisions, said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, in his “Malware and the State of Enterprise Security” report.

“Many organizations lack the right staff size or skills necessary to address malware threats, but given their current workload and the information security skills shortage, it is unlikely they can fill this void quickly,” Oltsik said in his report. “The best technologies will address antimalware requirements with highly tuned intelligence, algorithms and automation.”

The current crop of firewalls and intrusion-prevention systems are missing a greater amount of malware, according to the survey. Sixty-two percent of those surveyed believe their host-based security software is not effective for detecting zero-day attacks and other malware designed to bypass the software and remain stealthy on systems.


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