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The Weakness of Conventional Security: Unknown Threats

Most of the organizations have faced data breaches at some, with the number of victims growing daily. It does not matter how big or small the organization is, everyone is now a target.

In recent years, enough high profile retailers have been compromised that almost every American has either been a victim of identity theft or needed to replace current cards to avoid being a victim. The main reason is due to the excessive dependence on security tools that simply cannot address all threats. Conventional security has lists of known valid files, files known to be threats and can deal with them appropriately. Unfortunately, there will always be files that are unknown to the system. Some of these files will in fact be threats. That is the great flaw in most security, dealing with the unknown threats

Every day hackers release new malware into “the wild, as many as 50,000 new threats each day. There is simply no way that antivirus systems can update their threat list, fast enough. There will always be some gap between time a threat starts spreading across the internet and the time that vendors update their list known as a Signature file or blacklist. During that gap period the malware is an unknown file and you are defenceless against it with most security systems.

Factors that can help handle unknown threats:

Install an antivirus software - Dealing with unknown threats requires a sandbox. Some antivirus provide a sandbox, but only Comodo implements auto sandboxing technology. This means it is not entirely up to the user to decide what should or should not go in the sandbox for safe keeping.

Use of Firewall - A firewall identifies potential threats in network traffic before they can harm your computer.

Points to Remember after installing an antivirus program

It’s not a matter of just installing antivirus software onto your system. It’s all about maintaining the updated version of the antivirus software which helps you to protect your system from the latest viruses.Scan the system on a regular basis, hence maintaining virus free files on your system.

Update your computer OS and backup your files

The operating system that you are working with, also shares a significant role. Hence update your system's operating system when updates are released. Comodo Endpoint Security Solutions offers centralized security management protection by incorporating Antivirus Program, Firewall with Default Deny Protection, Auto-Sandboxing, Host Intrusion Prevention and much more. It also mitigates administrative efforts.