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Blogs > The Norfolk Punt

A malware antipattern
David Norfolk By: David Norfolk, Practice Leader - Development, Bloor Research
Published: 11th July 2013
Copyright Bloor Research © 2013
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I like antipatterns - they're more common and you can learn more from them than from most anodyne 'success stories'. In a past life, I was in internal control in a big merchant bank, and I well remember trying to convince people that security was a 'people issue' rather than a technology one.

So I was tickled by an almost laughable farrago of overreaction, reported here, around responding to a possible malware threat, where the response probably did more damage than the malware ever could.

To my mind, controlling the malware threat is a business-continuity thing involving people, process and technology; and you have put at least as much effort into planning (and testing, or simulation-testing) your response process, and into managing the (possibly dysfunctional and panic-based) reactions of your people, as you do into buying clever technology to detect malware. And your response should be planned in advance, not thrown together in a panic when you get a threat warning.

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