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Q2 2011 Test Results of Security Suites

July 20th, 2011 5 comments

Recently both AV-Test.org and AV-Comparatives.org have announced respective results for their dynamic real-world or whole-product tests. Basically these AV tests try to replicate user experience by introducing malware to the test machine in pretty much the same way a regular user would encounter malware and get infected. We are very proud of the results of Panda Internet Security 2011/2012 as it shows consistency in providing top quality detection and protection, on top of better known security vendors such as Symantec, Avast, AVG, ESET, Trend Micro, Microsoft, Webroot, etc.

AV-TEST REAL-WORLD TEST – Q2 2011 RESULTS

In this real-world test results for Q2 2011 Panda was one of only 4 vendors to achieve a score higher than 15 points.

AV-COMPARATIVES WHOLE-PRODUCT TEST – JUNE 2011

In the June 2011 test Panda Internet Security achieved the first place in “blocking” rate without requiring any user interaction along with two other vendors.

Tis the comparative season

April 25th, 2011 Comments off

There’s been a few comparative tests published as of late. In case you’ve missed any of them here’s a quick rundown of the most significant ones.

First on the list are the Q1-2011 quarterly results of the Full Product Test (FPT)  by AV-Test.org. These FPT’s are performed on a monthly basis and are very in-depth, covering pretty much all aspects of a modern security software and testing from a users’ perspective by replicating infection vectors and user experience. The areas tested include real-time blocking of malicious websites, detection of relevant and active malware samples (zoo malware, wildlist malware according to AV-Test.org criteria of wildlist, not the limited WildList.org list), false positive testing, performance testing, disinfection testing, detection and disinfection of active rootkits, behaviour-based dynamic detection, dynamic false positives and packing and archive support. Overall one of the most comprehensive regular tests out there. It’s such a tough test that 5 out of the 22 vendors tested did not obtain the minimum score to achieve certification. Panda Internet Security came out with very good scores and achieved certification. The report on Panda Internet Security can be found here (PDF) and the complete results for all vendors here.

Next in line are a couple of tests by AV-Comparatives.org. The first one is the traditional On-Demand test from February 2011 which also tests false positives and performance of the on-demand scanner. In this test Panda Antivirus Pro achieved the #4 rank in terms of malware detection. We still had 18 false positives that, even though are of low prevalence according to AV-Comparatives.org, prevented us from achieving the Advanced+ certification. We’re doing a lot of work in improving in this area. Panda Antivirus Pro also achieved the #2 rank in the performance test for scanning speeds. The full report can be downloaded from the AV-Comparatives.org website here.

The second test by AV-Comparatives.org that has been published recently is the Whole-Product Test. Similar to the AV-Test.org Full Product Test, this test tries to test user experience by replicating the infection vector. Unlike the AV-Test.org FPT, this one focuses only on malicious websites and behaviour-based dynamic detection. Panda Internet Security scored very good with a 98.8% protection index. More information can be found at the AV-Comparatives.org site here.

If you’re interested in these types of AV tests, make sure to vote on your favourite AV testing outfit in our open poll here. So far both AV-Comparatives and AV-Test are leading the pack.

Virus Bulletin 2010

October 5th, 2010 7 comments

This year’s Virus Bulletin conference in Vancouver was a big success as it included some very interesting talks, specially on Stuxnet and social media security issues. There were also some presentations about ongoing efforts in the IEEE regarding telemetry on malware and a taggant system for runtime packers. Overall some great talks by very knowleadgeable folks.

I also gave a presentation on the ButterFly and Mariposa botnet shutdown with details of the arrests made earlier this year. Both Kaspersky and Avira mentioned the talk in their respective blogs here and here.
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Tony Lee and Jimmy Kuo from Microsoft giving a presentation on telemetry sharing and an interesting idea of using telemetry to prioritize certain signatures over others, something we have been doing with Panda Cloud Antivirus for almost 2 years now ;)
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During the conference Andreas Marx from AV-Test.org officially handed us the “Certified” plaque for Panda Internet Security, which achieved the top ranking in the Full Product Test of Q2 2010.
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VB is a great chance for people from competing AV companies to get together and talk shop. If you’re lucky you might even catch the rare sight of competing testing labs talking together. Here we can see “the Andreases” from both AV-Test.org and AV-Comparatives.org:
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Jeff Williams (Microsoft), myself and Mark Kennedy (Symantec) during the gala dinner:
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Phillip (Avira), Jong (Webroot), Andreas (AV-Test.org) and Tjark (Avira) hanging out:
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Andy from ICSALabs always behind a camara:
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The Ikarus and G-Data crews. Great guys!:
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Finally as is now a yearly tradition, G-Data held they table soccer tournament. Unfortunately Luis and I were only able to get 4th rank after Sophos brought in the guns from their local Vancouver office. But next year’s VB 2011 in Barcelona will be payback!!

Spain (Panda) kicking some UK (Sophos) butt during the initial rounds:
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USA (Microsoft) losing to Germany (G-Data) in the final:
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All pictures above were taken by Andreas Marx from AV-Test.org. I’m sure VB will soon be uploading more photos to their VB2010 conference webpage here, so be sure to keep an eye on that.

AV-Comparatives Performance Test 2010

August 23rd, 2010 11 comments

‘Tis the comparative season ;)

Right after the AV-Test Certification and the chinese PCSL Full-Protection test, the new AV-Comparatives Performance Test has just been published.

Once again, Panda Internet Security gets an excellent score, obtaining the #1 rank as best performer and winning the Advanced+ award.
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For more details be sure to visit AV-Comparatives and download the full report from http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/performance-tests, altough I can give you a preview of the full results here:
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Panda @ AV-Comparatives

January 26th, 2010 19 comments

After some years we have decided to participate again in the AV-Comparatives.org tests.

The main driver for this decision has been the evolution of the methodologies employed by AV-Comparatives. We are happy to see that cloud-scanning components of products are also tested and this of course is important for testing Panda products as they incorporate not only signature-based cloud-scanning but also cloud-heuristics.

We will participate in all the main tests of AV-Comparatives (On-Demand, Retrospective, False Positive, Malware Removal, etc.) as well as the new Whole-Product Test which is a very promising test which replicates user experience.

However AV-Comparative’s Retrospective Test (which consists of freezing a 2-week old signature and testing against new malware to see how good the heuristic engine is) still does not use cloud-heuristics which are present in Panda products. Even though this methodology will penalize Panda’s products to some degree, we believe it is important to be present in the rest of the tests performed by AV-Comparatives.

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