Our team had a wonderful time meeting and networking with the crème de la crème of security industry professionals at this year’s Virus Bulletin Conference in Prague, of which we were a proud platinum sponsor. Throughout the conference, a handful of Avast employees presented talks a variety of today’s most prominent security-centered topics. For those who weren’t able to make it to the conference, we’d like to provide a brief recap of the content that was covered.
Taking a close look at denial of service attacks
In their presentation, “DDoS trojan: a malicious concept that conquered the ELF format“, senior malware analysts Petr Kalnai and Jaromir Horejsi discussed the serious issues relating to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
Abstract: DDoS threats have been out there since the Internet took over half of global communication, posing the real problem of denial of access to online service providers. Recently, a new trend emerged in non-Windows DDoS attacks that was induced by code availability, lack of security, and an abundance of resources. The attack infrastructure has undergone significant structural, functional and complexity changes. Malicious aspects have evolved into complex and relatively sophisticated pieces of code, employing compression, advanced encryption and even rootkit capabilities. Targeted machines run systems supporting the ELF format – anything from desktops and servers to IoT devices like routers or digital video recorders (DVRs) could be at risk.
The experts at VB’s labs said, “Avast hasn’t missed a VB100 comparative since 2007, and has maintained an impressive level of passes as well as keeping the lab team happy with good design and reliable performances.”
avast! File Server Security scored 100% on detection rates with zero false positives on WildList samples and clean test sets. The test measures detection rates using the freshest malware samples available, as well as samples not seen until after product databases are frozen, thus reflecting both the vendors’ ability to handle the huge quantity of newly emerging malware and their accuracy in detecting previously unknown malware.
VB’s lab experts found that avast! File Server Security installed rapidly and with ease. The feel of the product’s graphical user interface (GUI) was similar to the desktop version, making it easy to navigate, and most importantly for the IT professional, responsive. Scanning speeds were steady and detection rates were strong and remained steady during the days of testing, making for a highly reliable product. They concluded by stating, “The certification sets presented no problems, and Avast earns another VB100 award comfortably.”
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One of the most anticipated anti-malware conferences of the year is being held this week in Berlin, Germany. AVAST Software is proud to be there among 370 of the most knowledgeable specialists from the security industry. AVAST experts will be speaking every day, plus we are proud sponsors of the beer bar for all conference participants.
Today, Jindrich Kubec, the avast! Virus Lab’s Director of Threat Intelligence, along with Eric Romang, will be presenting Big bang theory of CVE-2012-4792, a forensic & detective model that describes the early development of the watering hole campaign which was active this past winter, and targeted the energy industry, governments, non-profit organizations, and human rights websites.
On Thursday, Milos Korenko, Marketing Director, will talk about AVAST’s freemium model, from our FREE antivirus products for PC, Mac, and Android, to our Free for Education program launched in the US market, in The best things in life are free.
Wrapping up the conference on Friday, Pedram Amini, of Jumpshot by AVAST, will be participating in a panel discussion about nation-state sponsored cyberwar and cyber-espionage in Collateral damage in the age of cyber-warfare.
BREAKING NEWS from Filip Chytry live at the conference: AVAST won the first match set of the IT security football table international championship against Sophos 2:0, 6:1, 6:2. Cross your fingers, and wish us a luck in next round scheduled at 6:00pm CET.
The VB100 award is given to those products that detect 100% of viruses “in the wild,” using the freshest malware sample sets available, as well as samples not previously seen. In this round, the testers also used a range of items including a wide selection of educational software, designed for use either in schools or in home-teaching environments. avast! Free Antivirus scored 100% for each malware set tested.
“The core sets were dealt with flawlessly, easily earning Avast a VB100 award for this month’s efforts,” said the Virus Bulletin experts conducting the test.
The second standard measured is the number of false positives generated when scanning. A false positive warning happens when a file is erroneously tagged as a virus or malware, when in fact the file does not possess such malicious code and is not a virus or malware. avast! Free Antivirus had zero false positives and got a perfect score on both standards showing it has what it takes to handle newly emerging malware and accurately detect previously unknown malware.
Speed and performance measures are also taken and avast! Free Antivirus earned the highest Stability rating, Solid: No issues observed, as opposed to Stable, Fair, or Buggy.
The Virus Bulletin annual conference, the premier technical event of the antivirus/security industry, will be held the first week in October in Berlin. AVAST will be attending, so we hope to see you there.
AVAST’s high-performance server-security product, avast! File Server Security, has received the VB100 award from Virus Bulletin. The independent testing lab’s latest AV comparative test focused on performance in Windows Server 2012.
AVAST performed solidly with 100% detection rates and zero false alarms on both WildList and clean test sets consisting mainly of business tools to fit with the server environment.
The avast! UI has been redesigned to keep up with modern navigation styles and the testers noticed saying, “Avast’s server edition (is)… pretty easy on the eye, laden with multiple components and layers, and relatively simple to navigate even with a very good range of controls.“
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Avast! File Server Security performed extremely well in the test. The program scored high detection rates with zero false positives and demonstrated 100% efficiency when tested against viruses “in-the-wild” and on clean sets. Avast! File Server Security also had excellent scores in the Reactive and Proactive (RAP) test, reflecting its ability to detect and accurately identify newly emerging malware and previously unknown malware samples. Based on the fine performance of Avast! File Server Security, the editor’s concluded that, “a VB100 award is earned without difficulty.” This award follows an April VB100 award for avast! Free Antivirus.
VB100 certification is widely recognized within the industry, with its focus on virus detection rates and scanning speeds, as well as a range of additional tests included in comparative test reports. Virus Bulletin has carried out independent comparative testing of antivirus products for many years. The testing platform was Windows Server 2008 R2, the server platform from Microsoft released in 2009. Thirty-seven submissions were tested in this round.
Yesterday evening we got the latest results from Virus Bulletin comparative test of over 40 antivirus solutions for Server deployment. It is the first test of the new business product we launched before summer and it is definitely worth publishing. AVAST is known for distributing a very good free product – and some competitors look down their noses at us as being only good for home users. Well, this could change their minds. Read more…
The content of VB 2011 programme provided an excellent amount of information from the security industry in the last three days. It came packed in an interesting and humorous way. Here is some more pictures from conference to present the atmosphere and we looking forward on next conference!
Greetings from Barcelona. The conference is in the middle and here are few pictures from the first day. Everyone seems to be satisfied with the conference, and especially with the free beer offered by AVAST!
The Virus Bulletin comparative test from last Friday was the first to include our latest version 6.0 and compare it to other security solutions. AVAST submitted as always our avast! Free Antivirus version against other companies’ paid-for security suites and even business solutions, to endorse our vision that when it comes to malware, free security can and should be delivering the same protection as paid-for alternatives.
All together there were 69 products in the test which – I have to say – is a bit of surprise to me because one keeps thinking there can’t be that many. If woken in the middle of the night I would be able to name 5 brands. Right now I could summon 14 names. Of course there is a little bit of inflation with some brands testing more products (like Kaspersky for example). And then there are a number of products that use the scanning engine or multiple-engines of other vendors. Several multi-engine products scored as always very high on detection (G-Data, Trustport, and others) but of course using more than one engine has an impact on the scan speed and use of computer resources.
So how did avast! compare to the others? Excellent indeed! Read more…