March 02, 2023 | Text: Markus Selinger | Awards
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AV-TEST Award 2022 for Microsoft

With the AV-TEST Award 2022, the AV-TEST Institute declares the best products in the area of IT Security. The globally known and renowned research institute for IT security examined the lion's share of security products on the market for consumer users and corporate users for a whole year in its laboratories. The award assessment was based on all the findings the experts derived and recorded within the one-year cycle for each product. With its award, AV-TEST honors products that were able to achieve consistent peak ratings in the long-term results. The 2022 Awards in the two test categories of Best Advanced Protection for Consumer Users and Best Advanced Protection for Corporate Users go to Microsoft.

AV-TEST Award 2022 for Microsoft
AV-TEST Award 2022

for Microsoft


AV-TEST Award – for tested IT Security

All products tested by the AV-TEST Institute are evaluated according to a predetermined test structure. This is always transparent for companies and users and can be logically understood at all times. In one year of tests, the security products are examined and evaluated multiple times in the test areas of Protection (protection function), Performance (speed) and Usability (user-friendliness). In addition, there are also the Advanced Threat Protection tests, in which the special effectiveness of products in fending off ransomware, for example, is put to the test. For the successful completion of a test, the security solution receives a test certificate for tested security against IT threats. Products for Windows completing a test with achievements clearly above the industry standard are honored by rewarding them the extra evaluation of "TOP PRODUCT".

Each individual value that a product delivers in a test year is added into a large, internal evaluation matrix of the AV-Test Institute. If a security solution is able to demonstrate peak results throughout the entire year, it has the opportunity to receive one of the coveted AV-TEST awards. All individual tests in the year 2022 now form the basis for choosing and presenting the awards in the spring of 2023. Many companies can look forward to one or several of the 26 awards in total at the 12th award ceremony of the AV-TEST awards, which has now become a rich tradition. In doing so, they receive not only a certificate for the tested security of their product but also recognition for their consistent development and research work. The presentation of an AV-TEST award is also proof for consumer users and corporate users that they are buying or already using a product with tested and award-winning security.

AV-TEST Award for Microsoft – more than just recognition

This year for the first time, the AV-Test Institute is giving awards in the category of Advanced Protection. In doing so, the lab evaluated the protection solutions in live tests and step by step in special attack scenarios, such as ransomware. In this category, Microsoft earned accolades thanks to special prevention with its consumer user version Defender Antivirus and its corporate user solution Defender Antivirus. For exceptional performance against malware, the institute gives Microsoft and its Defender versions the two awards AV-TEST Best Advanced Protection for Consumer Users and Best Advanced Protection for Corporate Users.

"When it comes to ransomware, Microsoft seems to have developed a special strength. The quite new Advanced Threat Protection tests extend far beyond classic detection. Not every provider was able to handle the extended attacks, mostly through ransomware, in the 2022 tests. That's why the AV-TEST Institute was pleased to present the two important consumer user and corporate user awards for Best Advanced Protection 2022 to Microsoft", said Andreas Marx, CEO of AV-TEST.



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