March 01, 2022 | Awards
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AV-TEST Award 2021 for Microsoft

The internationally renowned AV-TEST Institute has crowned the best IT security products of the year for consumers and corporate users with the AV-TEST Award 2021. Over an evaluation period of 12 months, involving comprehensive testing, the experts documented the top scores of all the products and have now decided on the awards for these outstanding results. The 2021 Award in the test category of Best Protection for Corporate Users goes to Microsoft Defender Antivirus.

AV-TEST Award 2021 for Microsoft
AV-TEST Award 2021

for Microsoft


AV-TEST Award – proof of IT security

Each product evaluated at the AV-TEST Institute is required to undergo demanding and realistic tests in the lab over the course of an entire year. The challenge is to consistently excel in the test categories of Protection, Performance and Usability. Successful products each then receive a test certificate for tested security against IT threats. To top it off, a Windows product that also performs significantly better than the industry standard receives the additional accolade of "Top Product".

If a product manages to maintain its stellar performance in several or all test categories throughout the entire year, it qualifies as candidate for the sought-after AV-TEST Awards. This well-known award is now in its 11th year, and for many companies, it serves as vital proof that their efforts to create a secure product have paid off. Because special award distinction by a renowned, independent institute fosters a high level of confidence, not only in the IT security industry but also among customers in the consumer and corporate sector. Likewise, it is a just reward to providers of security solutions who consistently invest in research and development.

AV-TEST Award for Microsoft – in recognition of outstanding performance

In the category of best protection solutions for corporate users under Windows, Microsoft received special recognition for its strong protection in all the tests throughout 2021. The Institute conferred the AV-TEST Best Protection 2021 Award for Corporate Users on the Microsoft Defender Antivirus corporate solution.

"The AV-TEST Institute's Protection Award represents an important award for Microsoft's performance against cyberthreats in corporate environments. This accolade crowns and rewards the vital research and development work for more security under Windows for corporate users. Microsoft impressively demonstrated in 2021 that its corporate solution, along with other products, runs on a very high level of security", says Andreas Marx, CEO of AV-TEST.

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