Business anti-virus products put to the test – which received the highest score?

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Anti-malware testing lab AV-Comparatives carries out intensive tests of security software, and has just published its long-term test report into the performance of business anti-virus products, taking a close look 19 products designed to defend enterprises from malware attack.

Amongst those products included in the test are business anti-virus programs from Acronis, Avast, Bitdefender, Cisco, CrowdStrike, Cybereason, Elastic, ESET, FireEye, Fortinet, G Data, K7, Kaspersky, Microsoft, Panda, Sophos, SparkCognition, VIPRE, and VMware.

The test, which is described as the most comprehenseive comparative report on business and enterprise endpoint security solutions, has the following main sections:

  • The Real-World Protection Test is a long-term test, run over a period of four months. It simulates a typical business and tests how well the endpoint protection software can protect the system against internet-borne threats.
  • The Malware Protection Test requires the tested products to detect malicious programs that could be encountered on the company systems, e.g. on the local area network or external drives.
  • The Performance Test checks that tested products do not provide protection at the expense of slowing down the system.
  • For each of the protection tests, a False Positives Test is run. These ensure that the endpoint protection software does not cause significant numbers of false alarms, which can be particularly disruptive in business networks.

If you want to find out how the different business anti-virus products performed in the tests, and how the one which protects your organisation fared, check out the report right now.

About AV-Comparatives
AV-Comparatives is based in Innsbruck, Austria, and has been performing rigorous independent tests of security software since 2004. These systematic tests help antivirus vendors to find any weaknesses in their programs, and so improve their protection and performance.


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