Anti-malware vendors to merge PC scans

The rise of customized malware is forcing security software vendors to change their tactics quickly and begin using customers’ machines as their initial line of threat detection intelligence, according to a new report from Yankee Group.

Echoing recent comments made by industry leaders like Symantec – which is considering white-listing techniques, among many other emerging plans, to thwart the trend toward so-called server-side polymorphism – Yankee Group Analyst Andrew Jaquith writes in a new research note that “herd intelligence” will be one of the most effective ways for vendors to detect and address increasingly customized threats.

By turning their customers’ endpoint devices into malware collectors that can funnel information about new attacks back into their global networks of threat sensors and scanning technologies, Jaquith said, security applications vendors may make faster progress in stemming the tide of lower profile, smaller volume threats.

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