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Strategies for Advanced Endpoint Protection Comodo's John Peterson on How to Respond to Malware's Evolution
Strategies for Advanced Endpoint Protection
John Peterson, Comodo

In 2015 alone, 84 million new pieces of malware were created. How can organizations hope to keep pace with the new strains and tactics? Through advanced endpoint protection, says John Peterson of Comodo.

To put things in perspective, the amount of new malware created last year equals about 27 percent of the malware ever created, says Peterson, Comodo's vice president of enterprise product management and product marketing.

"There's not only more new malware, but there are more strains of malware," Peterson says. "It's gotten so bad that the rate of malware creation is just really hard to keep up with."

Traditional blacklisting cannot keep pace with the evolution of malware, but whitelisting, sandboxing and machine learning all have their challenges as well, Peterson says.

The problem in the marketplace, he adds, is that many security vendors offer point solutions - but not suites that incorporate all of the different antimalware tools.

"All of these solutions are actually good at what they do, but they're not enough to cover the problem," Peterson says. "The challenge is: Trying to do too much of a point solution leaves an area of exposure for malware to come in because you're not addressing the whole [problem]."

In an interview about advanced endpoint protection, Peterson discusses:

  • The state of malware today;
  • Why many modern security solutions still struggle to succeed;
  • The principles behind Comodo's "default deny" and containment strategies.

With a deep history and career in cybersecurity, Peterson is responsible for shaping the enterprise product roadmap for the company, along with the execution of the company's product marketing strategy

Peterson works across the leadership, engineering, sales and marketing teams within Comodo to integrate the product strategy and ensure the success of all enterprise product lines in the market.

Before joining Comodo in November of 2015, he led Sales Engineering efforts at Zscaler, managing a team focused on Internet security delivered through the cloud. Over his 25 year career in B2B and cybersecurity engineering, he has held engineering and leadership positions at Barracuda Networks, Juniper Networks, Websense, Montego Networks, Cisco Systems, 3Com and Fortinet.

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