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AV-Comparatives’ Awards Ceremony for 2022

As cybercrime becomes ever more common and ever more sophisticated, the importance of effective security programs increases accordingly. AV-Comparatives’ Awards Ceremony for its 2022 tests recognised those vendors whose products provide truly effective protection against IT threats.

The event was held in Hall, Tyrol, more than 40 IT security specialist from 10 countries attended. The security conference and Award Ceremony featuredspeakers on cybersecurity-related topics. As cyber-threats continue to evolve, so must the testing of security solutions.

AV-Comparatives’ Anti-Tampering & Egress C2 Test, which will be run for the first time as focus-certification tests in 2023, were introduced during a workshop.

On the first day of the event  a tour to the historical silver mine in Schwaz was organised. Followed by a knights evening at the middle age restaurant Ritterkuchl with show program. The award ceremony concluded with a tour of the mint in Hall where the participants were able to mint their own AV-Comparatives coin. Traditional Austrian cuisine of the highest class was served at the 700 year old manor house “Restaurant Goldener Engl”.

Security conference

  • After the Round Table in the morning, Prof. Dr. Pascal Schöttle (MCI Innsbruck) from the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) presented his research on the future of IoT, which looked at uses cases and testing of these devices.
  • Eddy Willems of G Data and Righard Zwienenberg  from ESET held their musical presentation “You ain’t seen nothing yet” about the awareness of cybercriminality.
  • Jiri Sejtko, Threat Labs Operations Director of Gen Digital, explained the importance of testing against phishing.
  • The conference closed with a panel discussion about takeovers in the AV industry.

In addition to these talks and discussions the vendors were presented with the awards for their consumer and business products.

At the Awards Ceremony, various awards were handed over for top-performing security products tested during the course of 2022. There were AV-Comparatives Approved Product Awards for qualifying consumer and business products. In addition, there were various awards for the Consumer Main Test Series – both for individual tests, and for overall results across the test series. Awarded vendors include: Acronis, Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, CISCO, CrowdStrike, Cybereason, Elastic, ESET, Fortinet, G Data, K7, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, McAfee, Microsoft, Norton, Palo Alto Networks, Panda, Securion, Sophos, Total Defense, TotalAV, Trellix, Trend Micro, VIPRE, VMware and WatchGuard.

Product of the Year Award
received the Product of the Year Award 2022, having reached top scores in every test throughout the year. The award is given for the highest overall results across all the tests in the series.

Top-Rated Product Awards
Avast, AVG and Kaspersky achieved excellent results across the different test categories, and all received the Top-Rated Product Award.

Security awards for protection, performance, malware removal and low false alarms
Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were given for each of the following AV-Comparatives’ Tests: Real-World Protection, Malware Protection, Low False-Positives, Low System-Impact and Advanced Threat Protection. For details, please see “Overview of levels reached during 2022” in our 2022 Summary Report.

Consumer / Home User Security Products
For each individual test type (Real-World Protection, Malware Protection, Advanced Threat Protection, Low False Positives, and Low System-Impact) Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards were given. The following vendors won awards in those categories: Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, ESET, G Data, K7, Kaspersky, Microsoft, Norton, Panda and TotalAV.

The Approved Security Product Award was given to all products demonstrating competent performance across all the test types. These 17 vendors were, in alphabetical order: Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, ESET, G Data, K7, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, McAfee, Microsoft, Norton, Panda, Total Defense, TotalAV, Trend Micro and VIPRE. For further details, please see AV-Comparatives’ 2022 Consumer Summary Report.

Business and Enterprise Security Products
For enterprise products, AV-Comparatives’ Approved Business Security Award was given to vendors whose products demonstrated good levels of protection and performance across the Business Main-Test Series. These were, in alphabetical order: Acronis, Avast, Bitdefender, CrowdStrike, Cybereason, Elastic, ESET, G Data, K7, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, Microsoft, Sophos, Trellix, VIPRE, VMware and WatchGuard. For further details, please see the report of AV-Comparatives’ Business Security Test August to November 2022.

AV-Comparatives’ founder and CEO Andreas Clementi commented, “We would like to thank everyone who came to this event in Innsbruck for making it such a success. As cybercrime continues to rise, effective security products are more important than ever. We congratulate the security vendors whose products stood up to rigorous independent testing that mimics real-world scenarios.”

© Christian Forcher / AV-Comparatives