Sophos’s reactive and proactive detection tested, wins VB100 award

Graham Cluley

The chaps at Virus Bulletin magazine have just published details of their latest comparative test.

Okay, lets get the basic stuff out of the way first. The test was on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 platform and Sophos successfully detected all the in-the-wild viruses without false alarming – earning itself a coveted VB100 award (the 45th that Sophos has received).

Huzzah! Well done to the chaps in our labs and development for that, but what’s most interesting I think is that this is the first time that Virus Bulletin has introduced a new testing format to its bi-monthly comparative reviews.

Called RAP (“Reactive and Proactive”) testing, the idea is that readers should get a better idea of the capabilities of security software, specifically how products perform against the most recent malware that has emerged around the world.

However, as its name suggests RAP goes beyond reactive…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.