Kaspersky Lab Secures Top Marks Yet Again in Independent Testing - This Time for Kaspersky Mobile Security, by PC Security Labs

23 Jan 2012
Comparative Tests, Product news

Continuing Kaspersky Lab’s winning streak of top marks in independent evaluations of its security products, in December 2011 Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 was awarded the highest grade possible in comparative testing of security solutions for Android-based mobile phones by the independent research organization PC Security Labs (PCSL). Kaspersky Lab’s mobile solution earned five stars, together with just two other developers’ solutions out of a total of 20.

PCSL – whose motto, commendably, is “Scientific, Precise, Independent” – is the only test lab in China to have joined the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (the international non-profit association that “addresses the global need for improvement in the objectivity, quality and relevance of anti-malware testing methodologies”), and which has since earned itself worldwide recognition in the security industry. Having originally established itself based on its efficient antivirus test system used by over 30 security vendors, the lab has recently complemented its testing line-up with its Mobility Security Product Test and Certificate for the Android Platform.

A mobile phone loaded with 251 malicious programs and 50 popular regular applications (to test for false positives) was used as the basis for the testing. The antivirus signature databases of the mobile security solutions were frozen on December 16, 2011, and the testing took place in the days shortly afterwards.

As with the overall score, Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 was among the top-three rated solutions on detection rate. This is a particularly impressive result when one considers that some of the samples were very China-specific, which ran in favor of some competing solutions written in China and aimed specifically at the Chinese market. As to false positives, Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 returned none - the perfect score.

Commenting on the testing results, Victor Dronov, Senior Product Manager for Kaspersky Mobile Security, said: “We are very pleased with this top score from PCSL, which once again proves our supremacy on the original and still vitally important raison d’être of mobile antivirus solutions - malware detection rate. Curiously, if the other unique features of Kaspersky Mobile Security had been taken into account in this testing (remote blocking and wiping, GPS Find, call and text black and whitelisting, privacy mode, etc.), PCSL would have needed even higher awards, so practical and helpful those features are for users.”

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