UK security software vendor Prevx has proposed that software capable of detecting the time taken by an anti-virus program to detect and remove malware be installed on computer systems.
According to Chris Bolin, Pervx president, the software will be designed to monitor file activity on a computer and record the response time taken by anti-virus software to react to a malware threat.
The software will determine the time at which malware entered the system and the time taken by the anti-virus program to fix the issue.
Bolin believes that the software will allow consumers to decide for themselves, which anti-virus is best suited to their needs and deals with the increasing threat from malware.
"In the last two to three years we have seen more individual pieces of malware than in the entire 30 years before that time," he said, speaking to the BBC.
“Innovation needs to occur on the anti-malware side because it's growing exponentially on the malware side. We need to bring about change in an industry that is not changing.”