The next step in network security evolution

Posted: 11th Dec 2017

In 1987, Bernd Fix developed a method to neutralize the Vienna virus, becoming the first known antivirus software developer. In 2017, as we pass the 30-year anniversary, a lot has changed in endpoint security. I have been fortunate enough to have a front row seat to this evolution, and the parallels between how endpoint security has transformed and what must occur within network security are striking.

When the first antivirus products were developed, there were only a handful of known viruses. Antivirus technology, or endpoint security as it later became known (because malware took on lots of forms like viruses, worms, trojans, and rootkits), involved maintaining a list of static signatures of “known bad” applications and executables. Throughout the 1990s, the technology remained relatively unchanged. It was all about who had the best blacklist.

Malware surge

By the turn of the millennium, the amount of known malware had grown exponentially. Instead of dozens or even thousands of...

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