FAQ: Faster scans and better virus detection-can they do that?

How to break the old trade-off between effectiveness against malware and speed

Published October 2013

This FAQ tells you how to move beyond the old trade-off between anti-malware effectiveness and speed. It answers questions such as what is wrong with conventional approaches, which includes the inability of clients to perform signature matching operations on today’s more than 70 million malware variants. It also discusses how the cloud and behavioral detection overcome the limitations of signature-based approaches. Finally, it answers questions about how cloud solutions can offer specific benefits such as:

- Improving speed by offloading pattern matching from endpoints

- Eliminating large signature downloads

- Stopping zero day attacks

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