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NSS Labs to Announce 2018 Advanced Endpoint Protection Group Test Results at RSA Conference in San Francisco

Posted on: 20 Mar 18

AUSTIN, Texas, March 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NSS Labs, Inc., a global leader and trusted source for independent, fact-based cybersecurity guidance, today announced that it will release the results of its 2018 Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP) Group Test at the 2018 RSA Conference in San Francisco. In this test, several of the leading AEP vendors were examined for security effectiveness, performance, and total cost of ownership.

AEP products include endpoint security technologies that combine the protective capabilities of anti-threat products with the detection, investigation, and prevention capabilities of endpoint security products. Protection and threat event forensics are the primary features of an AEP product. While additional functionality may be available that enhances the overall security of the endpoint system, neither protection nor forensic monitoring may be removed without declassifying the AEP system.

As the endpoint protection category continues to evolve, enterprises are looking more closely at threat detection capabilities, use cases, and costs. According to NSS Labs research, 93.6% of US enterprises currently deploy endpoint security products. AEP products are primarily deployed by large enterprises (65%), very large enterprises (16.5%), and small and medium-sized enterprises (18.3%)1. 

In 2017, NSS Labs performed the industry’s first and most rigorous group test of leading AEP solutions. Products from 13 endpoint security vendors were tested across a multitude of attack threat vectors targeting an enterprise-class threat landscape. 

Some of the vendors participating in the 2018 AEP Group Test include Bitdefender, Carbon Black, Cisco, Comodo, Cylance, Endgame, enSilo, FireEye, Fortinet, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, Panda Security, SentinelOne, Sophos, and Trend Micro.

“The variety and number of products available to protect endpoints make selecting an AEP product one of the most complex security purchasing challenges,” said Jason Brvenik, Chief Technology Officer at NSS Labs. “The 2018 AEP Group Test expands the scope of testing to include common techniques used to bypass protection and detection. In addition, the costs and benefits associated with deploying an AEP product are examined in detail. We believe these insights are essential for enterprises to determine which products are best suited to protect their employees and businesses.”

NSS Labs is committed to providing empirical data and objective group test results that enable organizations to make educated decisions about purchasing and optimizing security infrastructure products and services. As with all NSS Labs group tests, there is no fee for participation, and the test methodology is available in the public domain to provide transparency and to help enterprises understand the factors behind test results. Click here for more information about our group test policies.

Additional Resources: 

1 NSS Labs “Security Controls in the US Enterprise: Endpoint Security,” August 2017

About NSS Labs, Inc.

NSS Labs, Inc. is recognized globally as the most trusted source for independent, fact-based cybersecurity guidance. Our mission is to advance transparency and accountability within the cybersecurity industry. We empower enterprises by providing them with timely, relevant information on which to base their decisions. Our unmatched foundation in security testing, along with our extensive research and global threat analysis capabilities, provide the basis for our CAWS Continuous Security Validation Platform. CAWS measures the ongoing effectiveness of security controls, providing a real-time score card to help business leaders substantiate their security investments. Businesses can also leverage the threat data delivered by CAWS to strengthen their cyber risk posture and mitigate threats to their operating systems and applications. CISOs, Chief Security Architects, SOC and Threat Analysts, and information security professionals from many of the world's largest and most demanding enterprises rely on trusted insights from NSS Labs. For more information, visit


Tom Resau

W2 Communications

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Last updated on: 21/03/2018

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