'Anti-virus is dead,' says Symantec, as it revises partner programme


The senior VP of information security at security firm Symantec has said that anti-virus software is “dead”.

“We don't think of anti-virus as a money maker in any way," Brian Dye told the Wall Street Journal.

He explained that as cyber threats become more difficult to prevent entirely, software and services would instead begin to focus more heavily on limiting damage after a security breach. "If customers are shifting from protect to detect and respond, the growth is going to come from detect and respond,” he added. Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of security firm Kaspersky Lab, responded to Dye's comments: “I’ve heard anti-viruses being declared dead and buried quite a few times over the years, but they’re still here with us – alive and kicking.