Malware Protection Test Enterprise September 2021 – Testresult
|Test Period||September 2021|
|Number of Testcases||1,016|
|Online with cloud connectivity|
|False Alarm Test included|
This report is an excerpt of the Business Security Test 2021 (August – November). For more details, please click here.
The Malware Protection Test assesses a security program’s ability to protect a system against infection by malicious files before, during or after execution. The methodology used for each product tested is as follows. Prior to execution, all the test samples are subjected to on-access scans (if this feature is available) by the security program (e.g. while copying the files over the network). Any samples that have not been detected by the on-access scanner are then executed on the test system, with Internet/cloud access available, to allow e.g. behavioral detection features to come into play. If a product does not prevent or reverse all the changes made by a particular malware sample within a given time period, that test case is considered to be a miss. For this test, 1,016 recent malware samples were used.
The following chart shows the results of the Business Malware Protection Test:
False positive (false alarm) test with common business software
A false alarm test done with common business software was also performed. As expected, all the tested products had zero false alarms on common business software.
|Malware Protection Rate||False Alarms on common business software|
|G Data, Microsoft, Sophos
|Avast, Bitdefender, Cisco, Elastic, Fortinet, VIPRE, VMware
In order to better evaluate the products’ detection accuracy and file detection capabilities (ability to distinguish good files from malicious files), we also performed a false alarm test on non-business software and uncommon files. This is provided mainly just as additional information, and the results currently do not affect the overall test score or the Approved Business Product award. The false alarms found were promptly fixed by the respective vendors. Organisations which often use uncommon or non-business software, or their own self-developed software, might like to consider these results, however.
|FP rate||Number of FPs on
|FP rate on non-business software|
|Acronis, Avast, Cisco, ESET, G Data, Kaspersky, Microsoft||Very low|
|Bitdefender, K7, VMware, VIPRE||Low|
|CrowdStrike, FireEye, Malwarebytes, Panda, Sophos||Medium/Average|
|Cybereason, Fortinet||Remarkably high|
It should be noted that Cybereason and Fortinet had Remarkably High levels of false positives on non-business software. Administrators should consider whether this might create problems in their organisation’s specific environments. Starting from 2022, products will be required to have an FP rate on non-business files below the Remarkably High threshold in order to be approved. This is to ensure that tested products do not achieve higher protection scores by using excessively restrictive settings that can cause very high levels of false positives.
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