Posted by: David Harley | March 14, 2012

Whitelisting versus blacklisting…

…still the debate rages on.

Infosecurity Magazine asked me about a recent report from Tolly that compared Bit9 to two more conventional antivirus products. While I don’t want to get into the ‘whitelisting has obsoleted AV’ contention right now (yet again), the article “Performance comparison between Bit9, Symantec and McAfee” quotes me at some length on the dangers of comparing apples and oranges in the same test with simulated attacks. Basically, that you put yourself in danger of recommending  Shamouti oranges as being of greater nutritional value than Braeburn or Egremont Russet apples because they have thicker peel.

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
ESET Senior Research Fellow

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