AV-TEST Award 2022: Tested and Award-Winning Security
A turbulent year with malware, botnets, ransomware and APT groups
After cybergangsters used the year 2021 with its many pandemic challenges, such as home office or mobile office working, for attacks, some experts expected to see an ebb of cyberattacks for 2022. But the year 2022 turned out completely different than expected: Botnets pounced on vulnerabilities, proliferating exploits and putting lots of servers under pressure with DDoS attacks. Many APT groups expanded their attacks with ransomware, refining the digital blackmail of their victims with devious methods. Spam and phishing also surged at times, which could hardly have been expected.
Security systems and software solutions have put up a defense against mounting cyber risks, and they have done so with a high level of success. After all, if you more closely examine why a PC of a consumer user or that of a corporate user has been hit by a cyberattack, it is normally due to carelessness, such as false trust, forgotten updates or missing security modules.
Malware samples in the billions
Just how heavily the teams of attackers have geared up is also manifest in an enormous number: At the turn of the year 2022 to 2023, AV-TEST registered more than 1 billion malware samples for Windows in its database. The constantly moving wave of attacks is broken by the existing security solutions for consumer users and companies under Windows, Android and MacOS. In their class, the products are required to detect the more than 1 billion malware samples for Windows, the 33 million dangerous apps for Android and the more than 900,000 special malware variants for MacOS. These high numbers are already documented by the respective malware detection in the AV-ATLAS statistics tool.
But do the security products in the market really identify all variants of malware samples? Which of the solutions fulfill their promise to deliver the highest level of protection under Windows, Android or MacOS? All the answers to these questions are provided by the continuous product tests in the independent labs of the AV-TEST Institute. The experts there evaluate the lion's share of products in the market at regular intervals according to pre-determined and transparent test rules.
Here is how AV-TEST gives the awards
The classical test categories are PROTECTION (protection function), PERFORMANCE (speed) and USABILITY (user-friendliness) for each product, whether it is evaluated under Windows, Android or MacOS. A distinction is also made between user groups: In each category, the laboratory tests the products for consumer users and corporate users. The constantly revised tables of results on the AV-TEST website quickly reveal the products that are able to fend off thousands of new malware variants – and those that are not.
The 2022 Awards feature a new category: Starting this year, the team from AV-TEST is also giving awards in the category of ADVANCED PROTECTION under Windows. For these live tests, products are required to fend off ransomware, for example, and the lab evaluates the attack and its prevention in concrete terms, step by step.
Among Windows products, the AV-TEST Institute confers awards in the categories of Best Protection, Best Performance and Best Usability, and also Best Advanced Protection. For the protection of Android and MacOS, the institute gives additional Best Android Security and Best MacOS Security awards. The accolades are awarded for both consumer products and solutions used in a corporate environment.
In the overall evaluation of tests in the year 2022, some products managed to achieve several top rankings. However, the products do not have to share the award, quite the contrary: In these cases, AV-TEST is pleased to confer several awards in one category to the winners for their outstanding performance.