SOURCE: West Coast Labs

West Coast Labs

December 09, 2010 09:00 ET

West Coast Labs Commissioned by Kaspersky Lab to Conduct Performance Comparison and Checkmark Certification Testing; Kaspersky Receives Platinum Product Awards

Kaspersky Subjects Its Products to Extensive Certification and Product Comparative Testing and Receives Platinum Product Awards for Each of Them

IRVINE, CA and CARDIFF, UK--(Marketwire - December 9, 2010) - West Coast Labs, part of the Haymarket Media Group and one of the world's leading independent test facilities for information security products and services, today announces the completion of custom performance comparison and Checkmark Certification testing for Kaspersky Lab UK Ltd. and granting of the Checkmark Platinum Product Award to Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8.0, Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8.0 and Kaspersky Security 8.0 for Exchange Servers.

This custom test project included three components. Kaspersky commissioned West Coast Labs to conduct Checkmark Certification on three of its new corporate security solutions each of which received Platinum Product Awards -- Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8.0, Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8, and Kaspersky Security 8.0 -- comparative testing of selected Kaspersky products against a range of competitive products, and a comparison of product feature sets using publicly available information on vendor websites and marketing collateral.

Keith Maskell, vice president of corporate business at Kaspersky Labs, states, "Our success in Checkmark's Real Time testing program reflects the massive concentration of expertise that has gone into further improving and expanding the quality of protection we offer against the new malware threats that are emerging today at an ever-increasing rate. Our wide new range of corporate products enables our customers to maintain state-of-the-art, multi-layered anti-malware strategies across modern heterogeneous IT infrastructures, with a level of performance and Total Cost of Protection that truly meets their business needs."

The overall outcome of the certification testing is the achievement of the Checkmark Platinum Product Award, which is the highest level of independent validation possible for an anti-malware solution. This testing is complemented by respectable malware detection test results in the comparative test program that position the performance of Kaspersky Labs' product favorably alongside widely recognized corporate security solutions. The specific malware detection capability testing of Kaspersky Labs and competitive anti-malware solutions was conducted in September and October 2010, while the Checkmark Certification testing is performance on an ongoing basis.

Checkmark Product Testing and Certification
The Checkmark Certification System, recognized as the most comprehensive independent functionality and performance validation program of its kind, consists of three levels of testing:

  • Baseline Testing - this static test measures detection capabilities against known threats
  • Dynamic Testing - measures product performance in relation to malware executing as end users and corporations experience them in the real world
  • Real Time Testing - measures critical performance characteristics in a network environment

Testing provides vendors with comprehensive results metrics, including performance in relation to time, attack vectors, heuristic behavior analysis, signature update, and vendor research effectiveness.

All the Kaspersky products testing against the Checkmark Certification were registered in the Checkmark Certification Systems for all three levels of testing. The products were also tested in the West Coast Labs' Real Time test network 24X7X365 against a range of attack vectors such as FTP, HTTP, P2P, SMTP and malicious web sites. These products are now eligible for the Checkmark Platinum Product Award, which recognizes product performance and acts as recognition of Kaspersky's commitment to the highest level of independent product validation, and a measurement of Kaspersky's responsiveness to emerging threats. The Kaspersky Lab products holding the Checkmark Platinum Product Awards are:

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 for Windows Workstations
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8.0 for ISA/TMG
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8.0 for Linux File Server
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8.0 for Lotus Domino
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8.0 for Windows Servers Enterprise
  • Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Linux
  • Kaspersky Security 8.0 for Exchange Servers

"Kaspersky Labs provides a broad range of anti-malware products for the corporate network environment and has made a significant commitment to independent validation of its products' efficacy, security and performance through West Coast Labs' Checkmark Certification system," said Lysa Myers, director of research, West Coast Labs. "The completion of the range of static, dynamic and real-time testing coupled with Platinum Product Awards achievement ensures that IT managers have an extended choice of effective solutions for dealing with threats in attack vectors across multiple operating systems."

Comparative Testing Specifics -- Methodology and Results
For the Comparative Testing and the Comparison of Product Feature Sets, five technology groups and a selection of comparable competitor products as identified by Kaspersky were tested. Comparative Testing and product comparisons were conducted on the following Kaspersky products:

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8.0 for ISA/TMG
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8.0 for Linux File Server
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8.0 for Lotus Domino
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8.0 for Windows Servers Enterprise
  • Kaspersky Security 8.0 for Exchange Servers

The comparative testing comprised a basic evaluation of each product's malware detection capability in a static test environment. West Coast Labs built a test suite of 100,000 live malware samples from its own independent resources that covered all appropriate attack vectors.

Each solution was installed to a server running the appropriate and commonly supporting operating system. During installation all default values were kept and, where a choice was required, the course of action recommended by the solution and/or the attendant product documentation was adhered to.

Each solution was updated to the latest available definition, engine, and signature releases before a forensic image was taken and stored for later use. The solutions were then tested against an appropriate test set extracted from the 100,000 samples consisting of real-world 'solution capability specific' samples taken from West Coast Labs' collections including those received in the West Coast Labs Global Honeynet Network.

The Kaspersky Labs Checkmark Certification and Platinum Product Award data is available at: The custom test report data is available at: where you can download the Test Reports.

About West Coast Labs Checkmark Certification
Checkmark is one of the world's leading certification systems for information security products and services. This highly regarded accreditation program provides a level of assurance across a wide range of technologies that products and services perform to industry accepted standards.

About West Coast Labs Real Time Testing Program
The Real Time Testing Program builds upon Checkmark Certification program with the belief that effective independent performance validation of content security technologies should occur as an actual business experience in real-world environments. West Coast Labs now delivers sophisticated, live testing and real-time product performance through its 24x7x365 Real Time Testing program. Products are tested continuously against content security threats collected through West Coast Labs' global network in real time to provide the ultimate in performance validation. Upon completion of the Checkmark Certification program and Real Time Testing program, products are recognized with a Platinum Product Award indicating its ability to meet superior levels of performance standards.

About West Coast Labs
Part of the Haymarket Media Group, West Coast Labs is a global leader in technical research, testing and the Checkmark Certification of information security products and services. With market-leading technology and testing facilities accredited to ISO17025 in the UK, USA and India, West Coast Labs' services and the Checkmark Certification System are used by the leading global brands to create market advantage and by large business enterprises for obtaining crucial technical insight into product performance.

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