I read years ago that if enough computers in an organization have anti-virus software installed, then the chance of a really bad virus outbreak in the organization is greatly diminished just by the fact that the virus won’t enough hosts to spread to inside the organization.

An article about this very point caught my eye this week and I wanted to share it here and elsewhere. The article says:

The success of his vaccine (it resulted in the virtual eradication of polio in the U.S.) was due to a phenomenon called (sic) Herd Immunity. In short, as more people were vaccinated against the virus, it had less and less places to spread, and that meant less places to spread from, until finally the disease was eliminated.

IT shops need to invest it technology solutions to prevent, detect and eradicate malware. At the same time, organizations must continually educate their employees about risk and vulnerabilities that can be minimized with good behavior, good decision making and discipline. A service like can help with the later.

Both are needed.

2 thoughts on “Vaccination”

  1. Greetings Mark,

    It would be interesting to see a comparison of the mutation rate of biological viruses vs. the computer viruses. The elevated mutation rate in either of the two causes problems in the development of successful vaccines and antiviruses.

    I think of anti-virus software as a patch to a problem that can be addressed at the Computer Operating System level. I am fan of Computer Operating Systems that are built to resist viruses and other malware. ChromeOS is one such Operating System. Not only it resists against virus and malware, it is the only Operating System that utilizes Open Standard FIDO U2F for User Authentication. ChromeOS is a good example of what can be achieved if security is baked into the Operating Systems and Applications.


    1. Saqib, totally agree on the OS comment and also a big fan of ChromeOS.

      Your comparison idea is also interesting. I’ve not seen anyone write on such an idea. Likely the computer spread is much faster for obvious reasons, but if that was normalized out in some fashion, it would be interesting to see how they compare.

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