For instance, the new TrickBot version focuses on defeating Defender. You can count on Redmond being all over this and working in close to real-time to block that malware.
Three Threats That Are Not Solved Yet
There are some dangers that Ganacharya said are lurking around the corner. A main worry is state-backed actors like China, Russia, Iran and North Korea that have zero day exploits they can use to get into systems. The other two are supply-chain attacks—the Target hack being a good example—and of course phishing.
"Supply-chain attacks are also a really great way to attack because you're leveraging trusted channels already established in customers' networks to deliver your payload from. I don't think we're past the rise of the supply-chain attack," said Ganacharya.
And the one style of attack that isn't going away any time soon is phishing, which Ganacharya notes is useful when exploitation becomes hard.
Free AV Software Argues For Security Awareness Training
As Win10 Guru Ed Tittle said: "Good Enough” Free AV Software Argues For Security Awareness Training". He makes the point that you can rely on Defender and do not have to spend budget on commercial AV. Are you going to upgrade to Windows 10, rely on Defender and use your AV budget for new-school security awareness training?