Palo Alto – The “Patient Zero” Problem and the Need for Modern Endpoint Protection

Palo Alto – The “Patient Zero” Problem and the Need for Modern Endpoint Protection



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Today’s digital transformation reality differs greatly from the cyber reality of the recent past. Current signature-based defenses provide little protection in a world of malware with singular targets, referred to as the “patient zero effect.” This paper from IDC, a premier global provider of market intelligence, examines modern endpoint protection, describing how the evolution of malware has created a need for a modernized approach to endpoint protection. It also looks at the role of Palo Alto Networks Traps offering in this critical market.


In the PC era, endpoint security was based on signatures. Virus and other malware signatures are essentially digital patterns of malicious code. Signature-based approaches were conceptually simple: Security products such as antivirus would scan files for signatures of known malware and subsequently block those known malicious files.

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