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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Symantec security solution scale tests

Symantec Corporation has, announced that its industry-leading security products received top reviews from two respected independent testing bodies, AV-Comparatives and AV-Test.org.

Symantec was awarded Best Anti-Virus Product of 2009 by AV-Comparatives, an accolade that honors top results across numerous tests in key protection and performance areas of security.

Also the firm received a first place award in a new real-world test of Internet security suites by AV-Test.org, which evaluated leading security products in their ability to protect users during common activities such as surfing the Internet and downloading files.

These independent reports, officials of the firm said, have continued to reinforce Symantec’s leadership position in providing protection against today’s evolving real-world threats.

Senior vice president, Security Technology and Response, Symantec, Mr. Stephen Trilling, noted that these new tests evaluate each product’s entire set of protection technologies against real malicious programs, just as they would be encountered by actual users.

“Symantec’s double-win in these independent reviews demonstrates how all of our security technologies work together to provide unrivaled effectiveness against today’s Internet threats,” he said.

He pointed out that over the past few years, the threat landscape distribution model has undergone a fundamental shift away from relatively small numbers of threats that affect many millions of users, toward a distribution model where many millions of new threats are released every month that each targets just a handful of users across the globe.

To provide some perspective on the size and scope of this issue, he said that in 2009, Symantec security software blocked more than 2.5 billion attempted attacks across the world.

“Given this environment, traditional antivirus-only solutions have become less effective,” he said, stressing that to address this, Symantec has shifted toward a defense-in-depth approach that uses many different security layers to protect users.

The AV-Comparatives and AV-Test.org tests, he said, reflected a shift in testing methodologies to evaluate the overall holistic protection offered by the latest security products.

He explained that AV-Comparatives have awarded Symantec its top Gold award of Best Anti-Virus Product of 2009.

The award is based on the results of a series of tests performed throughout 2009 that examined Norton AntiVirus and other vendors’ products across eight different test categories, including: On-Demand Malware Detection, Proactive On-Demand Malware Detection, False Positives, On-Demand Scanning Speed, Overall Performance (Low-System Impact), On-Demand Potentially Unwanted Applications Detection, Malware Removal Capabilities and Whole-Product Dynamic Protection.

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