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Fixing A Fatal Flaw

In recent months, antivirus vendors have come under increasing fire for vulnerabilities in the very products that are supposed to protect against malicious software. Critics are questioning the reactive install-and-update model anti-virus vendors use currently. So naturally, there is considerable speculation that what is needed in the anti-virus market is a revolution .Industry watchers speculate that a future solution will rely on microprocessor-based trusted computing technology that involve solutions such as digital keys, certificates, and passwords. These hardware-based solutions sound promising but the big catch is how long it will take for them to arrive en masse. Analysts say it will take five-to-seven years before we see the positive anti-virus impact from these trusted computing initiatives.

In the meantime, enterprises need something much better from their anti-virus vendors. What system administrators need is something that inspires trust in these solution providers.