Cylance vs. Future Threats: The Predictive Advantage


Cylance can protect your organization from threats which will not exist for years to come. This is the conclusive result of testing performed by SE Labs (download the report here) which evaluated Cylance’s claims that CylancePROTECT® predicts and protects against future threats. SE Labs runs an innovative testing facility that analyzes how security software performs against the entire cyber kill chain.

As outlined by SE Labs in the test report, the Predictive Advantage (PA) unit of measure is defined as “the time difference between the creation of the model and the first time a threat is seen by victims and security companies protecting those victims.”

The results of the SE Labs test demonstrate that CylancePROTECT’s PA ranged from 11 months to 33, with an average PA of 25 months. In other words, CylancePROTECT users could neglect updating their security client for over two years and still be protected from all the tested attack families.

The Process

The SE Labs test was performed under strict controls to ensure the integrity of the results. The test machines were confined in an offline environment, preventing security products from updating or accessing Internet-hosted services.

This isolation ensures they remain unmodified from their original state at release. The threat samples were pulled from nine prominent malware families and mixed with legitimate applications to assess the rate of false positives. Results were assessed by following a strict framework of retrospective analysis.  

Threats selected by SE Labs are first verified as active malware through exposure to vulnerable (internal) systems. Once confirmed as live, the threats are sent to the test environment. The selected malware families are divided between two common methods of introduction: email attachments and threats downloaded from the web. Each threat is then classified as either public or private.

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