Imperva utilized various methods for collecting more than 80 viruses. These 82 unreported viruses were tested in a virtual execution environment that ensured that they displayed behavior indicative of viruses and that limited the vulnerability to computing resources.
“Assessing the Effectiveness of Antivirus Solutions” conducted automated data collection runs once a week for six weeks.
The key findings and implications of the report include:
Antivirus solutions have a difficult time detecting newly created viruses – While antivirus vendors may constantly work to update their detection mechanisms, the initial rate of detection of new viruses by antivirus solutions in the study was less than 5%. Antivirus solutions in the study were unable to provide complete protection since they are unable to keep up with virus propagation on the Internet.
Antivirus solutions lag in updating signatures –In some cases in the study, it took anti-virus solutions up to four weeks following the initial scan to detect a virus.
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