Kaspersky Lab Performs Best in Dedicated Testing Against Online Banking Threats

23 Apr 2012
Comparative Tests, Product news

Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 has come out on top among three commercial solutions in dedicated testing by the independent test lab AV-Test.org. The Kaspersky Lab solution was up against products from Symantec and BitDefender and was the clear leader in terms of dynamic and static detection of online banking threats.

Online banking threats are considered to be among the most sophisticated and dangerous features of cybercriminal activity. In the first quarter of 2012 alone, Kaspersky Lab experts detected an average of 7,800 new online banking Trojans per month. This means effective protection against this particular type of malware is especially important. The March 2012 evaluation by AV-Test.org made use of 70 of the most recent malware samples, all of them boasting functionality capable of accessing users’ online banking accounts or payment systems. The products were tested on physical machines running Windows 7 with Internet access and all protection features enabled.

The three security products were subjected to three different types of tests. Detection level was evaluated in static and dynamic tests. The products were also assessed on the quality of remediation of an infected machine. In the static testing Kaspersky Lab’s product achieved a 99.3% detection rate. The BitDefender solution came second with 94.6%, while the product from Symantec demonstrated a much lower performance rate, detecting just 38.7% of the online banking samples.

In dynamic testing, which better reflects real user scenarios, Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 was the only product to achieve a 100% detection rate. The result for the second-best vendor was 97.8% and the third achieved 95.6%. In the most complex remediation tests on an infected system Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 led the field again in terms of the disinfection rate for all active components.

Oleg Ishanov, Director of Anti-Malware Research at Kaspersky Lab, commented: “Online banking threats present the greatest danger, as an infection can result in the very real loss of money from a credit card or bank account. The test methods chosen by AV-Test.org were stringent, as the use of the very latest malware samples testifies. The results show that among the most advanced security products the Kaspersky Lab solution is the leader when it comes to detecting modern financial malware. Importantly, our product also performed strongly in static, dynamic and remediation tests. For end users it means that in a real-life scenario Kaspersky will better protect their money from the latest and most complex threats.”

A detailed report on AV-Test.org’s online banking test is available at http://www.kaspersky.com/downloads/pdf/av-test_online_banking_report_march_2012.pdf

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