Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows is most feature-rich and functional solution for managing application control
(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 11 February 2013
Release date- 08022013 - Abingdon, UK - Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows has swept aside the competition in recent comparative testing by Dennis Technology Labs designed to find the best corporate solutions on the market for controlling applications.
Testing assessed such important elements of corporate security as the ability to manage the launch of potentially dangerous third-party software as well as the time spent by employees on non-work activities.
How the tests were performed
Controlling the applications used within a corporate environment allows businesses to address two major issues. It helps improve employee efficiency by restricting the use of non-work-related programmes and blocks the launch of dangerous and suspicious applications, strengthening the corporate security system against cyberthreats, including advanced persistent threats (APT). When assessing the efficiency of the application control tools offered by the world's leading vendors, Dennis Technology Labs divided their tests into two groups.
In the first set of tests the products had to block all unauthorised and illegitimate programs. They were assessed on how accurately they identified programmes used in the LAN, and their ability to correctly discern between authorised and unauthorised programmes. The specialists also evaluated the flexibility of the solutions' security policies, how they affected employee work practices and business processes in a simulated environment, as well as the completeness of the activity reports produced by the products.
The second set of tests evaluated the quality of protection against advanced persistent threats. The solutions had to ensure that only legitimate software was installed, that all unwanted pre-installed applications were blocked, and any threats associated with the use of vulnerable applications were identified and eliminated. Moreover, this had to be done without interfering with any business processes. Testing was conducted in Default Deny mode, meaning only those applications in a whitelist were allowed to launch. This enabled Dennis Technology Labs to examine and ultimately confirm the effectiveness of the Default Deny mode compared to the Default Allow mode which allows all programs to be launched except those defined in a blacklist.
The corporate security solutions were awarded points for each stage of the testing. The test lab's specialists assigned weights to each test depending on its importance to business processes. The total scores for both groups of tests were compared with the results of an abstract ideal solution. The specialists then expressed each solution's performance results as a percentage of the unattainable ideal. The final result was calculated as the mean of the results from the first and second group of tests.
Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows immediately set the pace, leading from the very start of the testing process and coming closer than any of the other competitors to the ideal solution, as defined by the experts at Dennis Technology Labs. The Kaspersky Lab product earned a score of 75 per cent in the first group of tests, and 67 per cent in the second, resulting in an overall average of 71 per cent - almost double that of the other products in the test.
In particular, during the test to identify vulnerable applications and block their use in the second stage of testing, Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows scored an impressive 170 points, outstripping its closest rivals by a staggering 8.5 times.
In summing up the results, the experts at Dennis Technology Labs stated that Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows was the most functional solution for application management and, in particular, noted its user-friendliness.
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