AV-TEST Awards: This is the Elite Class of IT Security 2018
2018 – a year unlike any other
Last year, it wasn't all quiet on the IT security front: hacker attacks on crypto exchanges reaching triple-digit millions, attacks on the SWIFT banking platform, data leaks with disclosure of millions of sensitive data records and Facebook's data scandal. Time and again, security experts reported the use of malware for strategic government cyberattacks, mainly in conjunction with espionage. For providers of IT security solutions, 2018 was destined to be a year like no other. This is true especially for providers who submit to the AV-TEST Institute's annual tests, thus ensuring clarity and transparency among customers.
2018 – cyber defense demands peak performance from security providers
In this, the status quo is anything but mundane, because for Google's mobile operating system alone, AV-TEST's detection systems registered an average of over 250,000 new malware programs per month for the year 2018. Thus, the total number of malicious Android apps at the end of 2018 was 28.4 million samples. The threat level is even much higher for Windows systems: More than 11.4 million new malware samples per month last year kept the money rolling in for cybercriminals. This translates to 4.4 new malware programs per second, thereby increasing the number of known Windows malware samples to over 850 million.
Despite the significant escalation of the cyber security situation, there is also good news for customers of IT security products: Never before in the 15-year history of the AV-TEST Institute were so many manufacturers able to earn awards for excellent performance in IT security as last year! And thus AV-TEST is presenting a total of 26 awards for peak performance to nine manufacturers in the fight for optimal IT security.
Formal awards ceremony in the city of Erfurt
This year, the festivities for presenting the coveted AV-TEST Awards will take place in Erfurt, the state capital of Thuringia in Germany. The representatives of IT security companies from around the globe will be in Erfurt this year to share knowledge at the preceding AV-TEST Security Summit, as well as at the formal presentation of the internationally renowned awards. Together with the management of the AV-TEST Institute, they will be honoring excellence in the categories of PROTECTION, PERFORMANCE (speed), USABILITY, REPAIR and MOBILE SECURITY for 2018. In all, nine manufacturers have set themselves apart from the crowd of IT security solutions providers: AhnLab, Avast, Avira, Bitdefender, F-Secure, Kaspersky Lab, Seqrite, Symantec and Trend Micro. Below are the award-winning products in the individual categories: