Detection Effectiveness: the Beat Goes On

In May, we wrote about the breach discovery gap, which is the time it takes IT security practitioners to discover a data breach after their systems have been compromised in a cyberattack. We made this critical point:

Stopping attacks before they breach and narrowing the breach discovery gap require the ability to detect threats at multiple points of attack across the enterprise. High cross-product detection effectiveness stops more attacks before they breach and shortens time to breach discovery and containment. It reduces false positives, which frees up IT security practitioners to focus on real issues, in-progress or imminent.

At the time, we had received a string of third-party test results showing that McAfee products were doing an excellent job detecting threats. But what has happened since that time? Are we continuing to deliver excellent test results?

The answer is most definitely Yes. Here are our most recent third-party test results:

June 2014

In the May-June AV-Test enterprise endpoint test, McAfee VirusScan Enterprise with ePO scored a new all-time high of 17.0 out of 18.0 points, with perfect scores in Protection and Usability. That is a full point higher than the already excellent March-April score of 16.0. McAfee VirusScan Enterprise with ePO has received AV-Test certification in all 18 tests since they began in August 2011.

In the AV-Test consumer endpoint test, McAfee Internet Security received the same high score as in the previous test—17.5 out of 18.0 points—again with perfect scores in Protection and Usability. McAfee Internet Security has now received AV-Test certification in the last 17 AV-Test consumer endpoint tests, dating to October 2011.

July 2014

For the fourth straight time, McAfee scored a perfect 13.0 out of 13.0 points in AV-Test’s July mobile security test. This means that McAfee Mobile Security received a perfect Detection Effectiveness score for Android malware, no false positives, full marks in the category of “important security features”, and perfect scores for performance and usability. McAfee Mobile Security has now achieved certification nine times by AV-Test.

These continuing results underline McAfee’s commitment to superior malware and threat detection, which is foundational to reducing the time to breach discovery and containment. Shortening the time criminals have to operate decreases the theft of intellectual property and customer data. It also reduces remediation costs, business risk, and the potential damage done to reputation, financial prospects, and operations.

Detection effectiveness

For more information about these third-party test results, click here. You can also download an infographic here.


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