Most PC users probably consider antivirus protection to be a baseline part of a secure PC. But Ajit Sancheti, co-founder and CEO of Preempt, a still-in-stealth IT security company, thinks antivirus software are mostly theater. "It does very little to stop malware and ransomware, but does a lot to inconvenience users, especially from a performance standpoint," he says. "Along with with hardware performance degradation through OS updates, antivirus is quite likely the key reason for employee PC refresh cycles."
Barry Shteiman, director of Labs at Exabeam, agrees. "Every company makes anti-malware/virus detection a top spend in its security budget," he says. "It's standard to have antivirus installed on every endpoint computer with a flashy icon in the task bar that essentially tells you, 'You are secure from malware!' Unfortunately, that is simply not true. Every piece of malware today, especially industrialized-crime driven ones, are building anti-antivirus tools as part of the payload, bypassing endpoint protection as if it wasn’t even there."