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'We are two generations behind': Check Point CEO slams cybersecurity of enterprises

posted onFebruary 9, 2018
by l33tdawg

Cybersecurity measures are lagging as far as 30 years in the past for the average enterprise, Gil Shwed, Check Point founder and CEO, stated during the vendor's CPX360 event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

During a keynote at the security vendor's largest North American show yet, Shwed pointed to infamous hacks of 2017 - from elections to Equifax to WannaCry and more - saying the year was a "wake-up call".

However, there's still room to go, according to the executive. He detailed four past "generations" of security: the advent of antivirus in the late 1980s, the invention of firewall in the 1990s, the rise of application protection, such as intrusion prevention, in the early 2000s and polymorphic payload threats popularised in 2010 and combatted with technologies like sandboxing and anti-bot.

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