All antiviruses might claim to be secure, but how do those claims hold up when real-life attacks happen? According to the latest test results from AV-Comparatives, VIPRE is certified to fully protect users in this realm. In other words, VIPRE doesn’t just sound secure on paper — our protection holds up during even the most dangerous attacks.
What is the Advanced Threat Protection Test?
Conducted by AV-Comparatives, an independent, ISO-certified security testing service, the 2020 Enterprise and Consumer Advanced Threat Protection Test (ATP) is designed to test the full spectrum of security provided by a selection of 15 security products.
Here’s how it works: the ATP test uses real-life hacking and penetration techniques typically used by hackers to access internal computer systems. By simulating these targeted, complex attacks — 15 of them to be exact — the test examined each product’s security capabilities when a real-life threat enters the picture.
What kind of attacks does the test simulate?
The ATP test imitates targeted attacks that use different methods to avoid being detected by security software. This ATP test focused on:
This type of threat has been on the rise since 2017, and has proven to be quite successful at attacking. Fileless threats only work in the memory of the system being threatened, making it more difficult for security solutions to recognize them. The ATP test simulates this type of attack to ensure the security products’ ability to block it.
Attack vectors and targets
A large amount of security products fail to protect all possible attack vectors or access points. While business security solutions have been improved in this area, many consumer products have yet to catch up and offer more robust protection. The ATP test takes a look at the defense of potential attack vectors that are often overlooked.
Many of the tools used for attacks are freely available and open-source, making them easily accessible to cybercriminals. The ATP Test uses a variety of command-line stacks which can download malware from the network directly into RAM or base64 encoded calls.
It’s crucial that a security product not only defends against malicious attacks, but can also recognize a false alarm to avoid disruption. The ATP test also simulates false alarms to test the products’ ability to distinguish a false positive from a true attack.
Focusing on these areas across 15 test scenarios, the test certified products that blocked at least 8 of the 15 attacks used without blocking non-malicious operations. In the end, VIPRE was able to detect and prevent attacks or other malware as soon as possible, making this product certified in advanced threat protection.
VIPRE also achieved high praise in the 2020 AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Protection Test. Receiving an Advanced+ rating for the fourth year in a row, VIPRE beat out big-name competitors for the best real-world protection, performance, and price. With these achievements, VIPRE continues to prove its protection capabilities in a digital world teeming with threats.
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