Palo Alto Traps: The End for AV and EDR?

The world of malware and exploits has a long history, and anyone involved in this industry knows that we are at a tipping point. Threats continue to evolve, from the first viruses seen in the wild back in 1982, to the modern day malware of today that’s capable of spreading laterally in the blink of an eye.

We are in an arms race, and the traditional, legacy ways of dealing with these types of problems just doesn’t cut it anymore. For the last few months I’ve been learning and playing with Palo Alto’s Endpoint Protection solution, aptly entitled Traps. As someone who has worked in the network and cybersecurity industries over the last 20 years, I can tell you, it’s a revolutionary approach to the problem of dealing with these types of attacks. While the industry as a whole has focused on Antivirus (AV) mechanisms and more recently, Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), Palo Alto is taking an altogether different approach; an approach that in my opinion will ultimately leave these legacy approaches in the dust.

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