March 11, 2024 | Text: Markus Selinger | Awards
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AV-TEST Award 2023 for Kaspersky

It’s award season again! With its AV-TEST Awards 2023, the AV-TEST Institute is honoring the vendors of security products for consumer users and corporate users for the thirteenth time. Throughout the year 2023, the renowned institute examined a multitude of products on Windows, MacOS and Android platforms in its labs and awarded its highly coveted test certificates for excellent performance. Only the products that constantly proved their worth by consistently achieving top values throughout all tests are now being presented with one or even several of the sought-after AV-TEST Awards 2023 as a trophy to honor their success. The AV-TEST Institute is looking forward to not only presenting its awards but also celebrating its 20th anniversary. This year, the well-known vendor Kaspersky is the proud recipient of not one, but seven awards. AV-TEST is presenting the awards in the Windows test category of Best Advanced Protection for Corporate Users to two of its products, and Kaspersky has also achieved the Best Advanced Protection Award for Consumer Users under Windows. The results of Kaspersky products in the test category of usability under Windows have earned the vendor three awards in this area: two Best Usability Awards for Corporate Users and one Best Usability Award for Consumer Users. Last but not least comes Kaspersky’s seventh trophy: the Best MacOS Security Award for Consumer Users.

AV-TEST Awards 2023

for Kaspersky


The AV-TEST Award – valuable confirmation of consistent IT security

Vendors, companies and users all expect a test structure that is constantly transparent and understandable, and AV-TEST fulfils every aspect of these expectations. All of the products tested at the AV-TEST Institute are subjected to a clearly defined test structure. The results of the tests are clearly documented, valid and authoritative. In the entire year 2023, the institute examined and evaluated security products at regular intervals in the test areas of Protection, Performance and Usability, using Windows, Mac and Android platforms. As an additional series of tests, the Advanced Threat Protection tests identify the special defensive capabilities of products, for example their ability to fend off ransomware or data stealers, in extremely detailed individual examinations.

All products that meet AV-TEST’s high criteria are awarded a certificate for tested security against IT threats. Products with achievements clearly above the industry standard when tested under Windows are additionally rewarded with the “TOP PRODUCT” label. At the end of 2023, all of the values recorded and labels awarded were combined to determine the winners of the AV-TEST Awards.

2024 is a special year for AV-TEST, marking the company’s 20th anniversary and its thirteenth award ceremony. At this year’s ceremony, 33 strong awards are being presented to 14 different vendors. Over the past twenty years, AV-TEST has conducted thousands of highly professional tests in its laboratories and published an abundance of expert reports. These have, in turn, provided IT security specialists and IT publications with a reliable source of information time and time again. Throughout the twenty years of the AV-TEST Institute to date, many vendors have also used the test certificates and awards presented by the company as evidence of their trustworthy status among retailers, traders and buyers.

AV-TEST Awards for Kaspersky – outstanding IT security

2023 was an eventful year for IT security. In addition to the strong increase and widespread distribution of malware for Windows or MacOS, ransomware, data stealers and Trojans are also at the forefront when it comes to the risk score. As a result, both good protection products for corporate and consumer users and highly professional tests that reliably prove just how much protection they provide, for example those conducted by AV-TEST, are becoming increasingly important.

Although there are plenty of 0s and 1s in the IT industry, these are not exactly desirable in the Advanced Threat Protection tests. In fact, in the case of a 0 – meaning non-detection of malware – EDR and other security techniques are used to fend off new ransomware or data stealers. With this approach, security solutions can defend systems against attackers at much later stages. This is precisely what the AV-TEST Institute evaluates in the Advanced Threat Protection category, in which Kaspersky performed particularly well in the laboratory tests in 2023. The first accolade goes to Kaspersky Standard (previously Internet Security), which has achieved the Best Advanced Protection Award for Consumer Users under Windows. Kaspersky’s products for protecting corporate systems also displayed outstanding performance, with the vendor’s Small Office Security and Endpoint Security solutions both receiving the Best Advanced Protection Award for Corporate Users.








Kaspersky’s security products were not only impressive in terms of protection. The category of usability also plays a significant role in the test lab, which additionally examines the number of false positives generated by each security solution in the test runs. Kaspersky is therefore also receiving several awards for its particularly fine-tuned detection of good and malicious software under Windows. Kaspersky Standard (previously Internet Security), for example, is the winner of the Best Usability Award for Consumer Users under Windows. The vendor’s corporate products, Small Office Security and Endpoint Security, are each receiving the Best Usability Award for Corporate Users under Windows.

In addition to Windows, attackers also view MacOS users as particularly appealing targets. This is confirmed by the quantity of malware designed specifically for MacOS, which has already topped the one-million mark. In this regard, Kaspersky has developed a security product that successfully both detects and fends off attackers on MacOS systems: In the test year 2023, its Plus package constantly proved its ability by achieving top scores in the AV-TEST lab. For this performance, Kaspersky Plus is the recipient of the Best MacOS Security Award for Consumer Users.

“The AV-TEST team is particularly delighted to present an impressive total of seven awards to Kaspersky in our 20th anniversary year. The products’ consistent high performance in our professional examinations provided clear results and made it easy for our testers to choose the award-winning solutions. Kaspersky can be particularly proud of its three awards in the category of Advanced Threat Protection under Windows for both corporate and consumer users. After all, this test category requires candidates to master the most difficult test obstacles. The Kaspersky products also generate plenty of trust among home users and in corporate environments with the highly granular coordination of their friend-foe detection and the false alarms that it helps to avoid. As a result, Kaspersky is additionally receiving the three Best Usability Awards under Windows. As the icing on the cake, Kaspersky is also being presented with the Best MacOS Security Award for Consumer Users. After its two difficult years on the market, we are particularly delighted to honor the performance of the vendor Kaspersky with these awards,” declares Andreas Marx, CEO of AV-TEST.

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