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Signature-based endpoint security on its way out

Thor Olavsrud | May 30, 2013
Signature-based blacklisting security technologies are losing the battle against malware, says McAfee, which has streamlined its endpoint security offerings to two suites that it says provide next-generation security for all endpoints, whether PCs, tablets or ATMs.

"People want the big, red easy button: Protect me," Hunt says. "How do we take what is inherently a complicated technology and make it simple? This suite is our first attempt at realizing that dream. We still aspire to improve at every stage."

"For us, an endpoint is everything," he adds. "All our competitors have separate mobile suites. I really don't get it. There's such a thin line between an iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard and a MacBook Air in my mind. Differentiating between different classes of endpoint doesn't make much sense. If you buy a node, we don't care whether it's a PC or a Mac. The use cases are the same, the risk is the same. I don't want people to start a separate purchasing decision when they decide to protect their iPads."


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