The best security tests keep it real

The best security tests keep it real

Why it's important not to try to be too clever Latest reports now online for enterprise, small business and home users. Realism is important in testing, otherwise you end up with results that are theoretical and not a useful report that closely represents what is going on in the real world. One issue facing ... Read More
How can you tell if a security test is useful or not?

How can you tell if a security test is useful or not?

How to tell if security test results are useful, misleading or just rubbish? Latest reports now online. In security testing circles there is a theoretical test used to illustrate how misleading some test reports can be. For this test you need three identical chairs, packaging for three anti-virus products (in ... Read More
Enemy Unknown: Handling Customised Targeted Attacks

Enemy Unknown: Handling Customised Targeted Attacks

Detecting and preventing threats in real-time Computer security products are designed to detect and protect against threats such as computer viruses, other malware and the actions of hackers. A common approach is to identify existing threats and to create patterns of recognition, in much the same way as the pharmaceutical ... Read More
Assessing next-generation protection

Assessing next-generation protection

Malware scanning is not enough. You have to hack, too. Latest report now online. The amount of choice when trialling or buying endpoint security is at an all-time high. It has been 36 years since 'anti-virus' first appeared and, in the last five years, the number of companies innovating and ... Read More
Can you trust security tests?

Can you trust security tests?

Clear, open testing is needed and now available Latest reports now online. A year ago we decided to put our support behind a new testing Standard proposed by the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO). The goal behind the Standard is good for everyone: if testing is conducted openly then testers ... Read More
Latest security tests introduce attack chain scoring

Latest security tests introduce attack chain scoring

When is a security breach serious, less serious or not a breach at all? Latest reports now online. UPDATE (29/10/2018): This set of reports are confirmed to be compliant with AMTSO Standard v1.0 by the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization. Our endpoint protection tests have always included targeted attacks. These allow us ... Read More
Network security appliances vs. Word and PowerShell

Network security appliances vs. Word and PowerShell

Over the last few months we have seen a surge in attacks using apparently innocent documents that install malware covertly on victims' systems. Unless you are running specialist monitoring tools, or very effective security software, you probably won't see any symptoms of the attack. The goals of these attacks are ... Read More
Detected, blocked, quarantined, cleaned?

Detected, blocked, quarantined, cleaned?

What happens when your choice of security software handles an attack? Latest reports now online. It should be simple. You've clicked on the wrong link, opened a malicious email or installed something inadvisable. A threat is now attacking your PC and it's up to your choice of anti-malware product to ... Read More
What's the difference between SE Labs and a cyber-criminal?

What’s the difference between SE Labs and a cyber-criminal?

As we prepared this network security appliance report for publication we were also getting ready to present at BT's internal security conference Snoopcon. We had been asked to talk about security products and how they might not do what you assume they will. Reports like this (PDF) provide an interesting insight ... Read More
Are you buying solid protection or snake oil?

Are you buying solid protection or snake oil?

Sometimes testers need to be tested too. We're always up for a challenge! Latest reports now online. How do you know which security products to buy? Many rely on independent tests to help in the decision-making process. But how do you know if a test is any good or not? ... Read More