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Malware Database In Computer Vs. Cloud-Based

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Hi,

I wonder, what are the advantages/disadvantages as to Malware databases maintained in the computer vs. based in cloud!

1. Cloud-based database

Advantages

Database always up-to-date (zero-time)

No big & increasing database stored in the computer

Disadvantages

Scan/Shield must be online only

Scan/Shield will not work when Internet connection is interupted or server (cloud) is down

Questions:

Is connection to cloud depending on broadband width? (Up- & download speed?)

Does connection to/from cloud work effeciently, if you have a dial-up modem?

Can the cloud be hacked by a malicious intruder?

2. Computer-based database

Advantages

Scan/Shield can be done even if offline

Scan/Shield will work even if Internet connection is interupted or server (cloud) is down

Disadvantages

Database needs frequent updating

The database stored in the computer grows bigger & bigger

 

Cheers,

sweidre

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Interesting questions. Just what internet speed is required by your ISP to provide optimal performance for Immunet? Seconds vs. minuets for dial-up? A lot of people in rural areas of the U.S. still have to use a dial-up service. Also, last year a malicious code was detected, geared towards corporate espionage, that targeted cloud based business infrastructure. If it already happened once it's only a matter of time before some individual or group decide to unleash some nasty code to play havoc with cloud based anti-virus software. In this circumstance I believe Immunet might actually have an advantage here. Since Immunet's protection comes not just from the cloud but also from community based detections, the proactive ground up detection and implementation approach that separates Immunet from it's competitors, and of course the ClamAV engine.

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Interesting questions. Just what internet speed is required by your ISP to provide optimal performance for Immunet? Seconds vs. minuets for dial-up? A lot of people in rural areas of the U.S. still have to use a dial-up service. Also, last year a malicious code was detected, geared towards corporate espionage, that targeted cloud based business infrastructure. If it already happened once it's only a matter of time before some individual or group decide to unleash some nasty code to play havoc with cloud based anti-virus software. In this circumstance I believe Immunet might actually have an advantage here. Since Immunet's protection comes not just from the cloud but also from community based detections, the proactive ground up detection and implementation approach that separates Immunet from it's competitors, and of course the ClamAV engine.

Hi,

There are many interesting aspects of cloudbased databases, that should be addressed. How will security & privacy be maintained? I will not only trust cloudbased AV, so I have also my traditional computerbased ESET NOD32 AV. I hope, that they will supplement each other. You are talking about community based detections, but I think the communities are only parts of the big common cloud based on Immunets/Clams server(s). Anyhow, the cloud should be informed about and discussed further in the forum and in media.

Cheers,

sweidre

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