AV-TEST Awards 2020 Presented to the Best IT Security Products
A year of extreme challenges for IT security products
In retrospect, last year was a helluva challenge for IT security products. First of all, 2020 saw a vast number of sophisticated cyberattacks on virtually all areas of public life. From government servers to the IT infrastructure of companies in industry, and right through to research institutions and telecom providers, all increasingly moved into the crosshairs of cybercriminals. What's more, the number of newly-developed malicious programs grew by nearly 110 million malware samples, analyzed by AV-TEST in 2020, reaching the second-highest figure since they were first recorded in 1984. Back then, the situation was still quite manageable with 12 known malware samples.
By comparison, however, 2020 was also the year of opportunities for IT security products to clearly set themselves apart from the competition. Because quite aside from the rampantly growing malware figures, last year saw unprecedented challenges, not only from a human perspective across the globe; it also demanded Herculean performance from IT security products. With nearly one-third of all employees switching to a home office due to Covid-19, suddenly the security programs of many consumer users, for instance, were also the last line of defense between the Internet and corporate networks. Likewise, business applications had to operate under totally new parameters in the fight against cybercrime. Because all types of cybercriminals were quick to capitalize on the period of uncertainty. Given this volatile situation, only IT security products at the top of their game in terms of technology offered corporate users and consumers optimal protection in this crisis.
For proven peak achievements throughout the entire year and under extreme conditions, the AV-TEST Institute is now recognizing 19 products with its internationally renowned awards. It is the institute's way of honoring the manufacturers' top achievements in the area of research and development, but above all, outstanding protection for consumers and corporate users throughout the one-year test period in 2020. Awards go to the best products in the categories of PROTECTION (protection function), PERFORMANCE (speed) and USABILITY (user-friendliness), as well as in the field of ANDROID SECURITY and MAC SECURITY.