Modern Adversaries and Evasion Techniques: Why Legacy AV is an Easy Target

If you take away one thing from this eBook, make it this: Legacy antivirus (AV) is no longer capable of stopping adversaries. Modern endpoint security is required to stop breaches — period.

Where did legacy AV go wrong? First, the decades-old technology is too slow. Implementation takes months. And endless scans and updates swamp resources while slowing down endpoints. In other words, as adversaries have sped up, legacy AV has only slowed down.

But the fatal flaw of legacy AV is that it just doesn’t work anymore. The technology relies on signatures, which are hard to update and ineffective against fileless attacks. And given that 71% of detections are now malware-free1 , a technology that relies purely on known threats is going to miss the vast majority of attacks.

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