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Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Test 2020

AV-Comparatives released its Advanced Threat Protection Tests (aka Enhanced Real-World Test) for both consumer and enterprise security products. This test checks a security product’s ability to protect a PC against targeted attacks called advanced persistent threats.

The Advanced Threat Protection Tests use a variety of different attack scenarios, which the tested programs have to defend against. Targeted attacks employ various different techniques to avoid detection by security software. These include fileless attacks, code obfuscation, and the use of legitimate operating-system tools. Disguising malicious code also makes it hard for a security program to recognise. The misuse of legitimate system programs for malicious purposes also makes it easier for cybercriminals to stay under the radar of security measures.

In both the consumer and the business test, products had to defend against 15 different targeted attacks. In the consumer test, the following programs were tested: Avast Free Antivirus, AVG Free Antivirus, Bitdefender Internet Security, ESET Internet Security, F-Secure SAFE, Kaspersky Internet Security and Vipre Advanced Security. Programs in the business test were: Avast Business Antivirus Plus, Bitdefender GravityZone Elite Security, CrowdStrike Falcon Pro, ESET PROTECT Entry, Fortinet FortiClient with FortiSandbox and FortiEDR, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Select, SparkCognition DeepArmor Endpoint Protection Platform and Vipre Endpoint Security Cloud.