Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Endpoint

Trend Micro Gets Top Spot In New Anti-Malware Test

But even the best-performing product blocked only 70 percent of malware, NSS says

A 17-day test of the leading anti-malware products finished with Trend Micro in the top spot, but current product suites still don't block all of the malware they encounter, a testing firm said this week.

NSS Labs, which conducts a wide variety of security product testing for enterprises and manufacturers, yesterday published the results of a test of nine popular consumer security suites (registration required). The firm also conducted tests of 10 enterprise anti-malware suites, but it did not release those results, which are available only to paying customers for $1,800.

In the consumer product test, Trend Micro was the only vendor that managed to detect and block as much as 70 percent of the malware it encountered. Some products blocked as little as 26 percent of malware.

"We measured the effectiveness of the products along two axes: Did it prevent the malware from getting on the machine, and did it block the execution of malware that did get on the machine?" says Rick Moy, president of NSS Labs. "We tested them for 17 days against real-world environments, not canned malware."

There has been improvement in anti-malware technology lately, particularly with the addition of reputation-based enhancements that harness the experience of many different software installations to identify and block malware more quickly, Moy says.

"Overall, we found that the use of reputation-based technology improved products' performance by an average of 16 percent," Moy says.

Despite these improvements, however, most anti-malware packages still miss a significant portion of the malicious code they are exposed to, and there is a significant difference in effectiveness from product to product, according to the NSS Labs tests.

"There is a school of thought out there that says all anti-malware is pretty much the same," Moy says. "But we found a very wide spectrum of results in our tests." The tests of the enterprise products came out differently than the consumer tests, but there was a similarly wide spectrum of results, he says.

In both the consumer and enterprise environments, the tests show traditional anti-malware tools alone are not enough to stop the current range of threats on the Web, Moy says.

"In most cases, something more is needed," Moy says. "With so many zero-hour attacks out there, you're going to need multiple layers of protection." Secure Web gateways, Microsoft User Account Control, and whitelisting are just a few of the accompanying layers that users should be looking into, he says.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Discuss" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message. Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
HackerOne Drops Mobile Voting App Vendor Voatz
Dark Reading Staff 3/30/2020
Limited-Time Free Offers to Secure the Enterprise Amid COVID-19
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  3/31/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
Data breaches and regulations have forced organizations to pay closer attention to the security incident response function. However, security leaders may be overestimating their ability to detect and respond to security incidents. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-11529
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
Common/Grav.php in Grav before 1.6.23 has an Open Redirect.
CVE-2020-11527
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
In Zoho ManageEngine OpManager before 12.4.181, an unauthenticated remote attacker can send a specially crafted URI to read arbitrary files.
CVE-2020-11528
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
bit2spr 1992-06-07 has a stack-based buffer overflow (129-byte write) in conv_bitmap in bit2spr.c via a long line in a bitmap file.
CVE-2020-11518
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
Zoho ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus before 5815 allows unauthenticated remote code execution.
CVE-2020-5347
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
Dell EMC Isilon OneFS versions 8.2.2 and earlier contain a denial of service vulnerability. SmartConnect had an error condition that may be triggered to loop, using CPU and potentially preventing other SmartConnect DNS responses.