Companies are increasingly struggling to keep pace with the threats being directed against their networks, Paller noted. And the problem is only getting worse, he said. "One of the top companies in the country told me today [how] their newly-discovered malware skyrocketed in the last 90 days from 720 to more than 3,000," he said. Almost none of malware was detectable using standard antivirus tools forcing the company to reverse engineer them, he said.
"If we are serious about fixing [the cybersecurity problem] we need to act," Paller said. "If Congress won't act, and the President can, God speed!"
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