FireEye has conducted a study in which 1,000 security professionals have taken part. The results show that many of them are incorrectly trusting the abilities of signature-based solutions to defend their networks against advanced persistent threats (APTs).
, 36% of those interviewed claim to be extremely familiar with targeted attacks, APTs and advanced malware. 42% are very familiar and 20% of them have some understanding of these concepts.
Furthermore, almost 60% of them believe that their organizations are protected against advanced threats.
The worrying part is that many of them are confident that the classic signature-based defenses such as antiviruses, gateways, new generation firewalls and intrusion prevention systems are able to protect their companies against complex attacks.
With these types of studies, FireEye hopes to raise awareness and educate IT staffers in understanding what types of products are the best suited in mitigating advanced persistent threats.