ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition Achieves First Anti-Malware Certification for Mac Operating System from ICSA Labs

January 26, 2011

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ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition Achieves First Anti-Malware Certification for Mac Operating System From ICSA Labs 

           ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition for use with the Mac Operating System.   This is the first anti-malware product to receive Mac certification from ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon Business.  

ICSA Labs awarded this designation – announced Wednesday (Jan 26) at the Macworld 2011 – to ESET for anti-virus detection under ICSA Labs’ desktop/server anti-virus criteria, which is aimed at protecting end users from emerging and existing threats. 

“The threat of spreading malware in a heterogeneous or mixed computing environment comprised of Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows PCs is a real security threat today,” said Andrew Hayter, anti-malcode program manager of ICSA Labs.  “That’s why ICSA Labs is now offering certification for anti-virus devices that operate on Mac systems, which affords high levels of protection for end users under both operating systems.”

Offering advanced security protection with an unobtrusive interface that runs in the background, ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition for Mac OS X delivers real-time protection from attack and helps to facilitate compliance posture by providing up-to-date anti-malware protection for Mac, Windows and Linux platforms.

To earn this ICSA Labs’ certification, ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition for Mac OS X had to successfully prevent end users from becoming infected by in-the-wild and other computer viruses during a rigorous testing process.   During testing, the product also demonstrated its ability to protect individual desktops, laptops and/or servers of residential users and organizations from self-replicating malicious code infection.

Anti-virus products receiving the ICSA Labs’ certification must be able to detect viruses on demand; detect and prevent the replication of viruses on access; report no false positives; and log every virus detected.  To provide an ongoing assessment on the protective quality of certified products, ICSA Labs continuously tests and retests products for compliance with its criteria.  Subsequent releases and upgrades for certified products must be retested to meet the same criteria.

“Attaining the first ICSA Labs’ certification for Mac is an important validation of the quality and strength of the protection that ESET provides for the Mac platform,” said Dan Clark, vice president of marketing, ESET.  “ESET is committed to delivering the best malware protection for businesses and consumers alike by providing aggressive, proactive cybersecurity software.”

More information on ICSA Labs’ anti-virus testing and certification program and requirements is available here, including a full list of certified products.  This now includes products for the Mac operating system.   

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon Business, offers third-party testing and certification of security products and network-connected devices, such as printers and faxes, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance to many of the world’s top security vendors. Visit and for more information.

About Verizon Business

Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with one of the world’s most connected IP networks to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. We securely connect today’s extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees — enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment. Many of the world’s largest businesses and governments — including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions — rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at


About ESET

ESET develops software solutions that deliver instant, comprehensive protection against evolving computer security threats. ESET pioneered and continues to lead the industry in proactive threat detection. ESET NOD32 Antivirus consistently achieves the highest accolades in all types of comparative testing, and is the heart of the virus and spyware detection in ESET Smart Security and ESET Cybersecurity for Mac. ESET Smart Security is an integrated antivirus, antispyware, antispam and personal firewall solution that combines accuracy, speed and a small system footprint to create the most effective security solution in the industry. All products have an extremely efficient code base that eliminates the unnecessarily large size found in some solutions. This means faster scanning that doesn't slow down computers or networks. Sold in more than 180 countries, ESET has global headquarters in Bratislava, Slovakia, with distribution headquarters for the Americas located in San Diego, California. ESET also has offices in Buenos Aires, Prague, Krakow and Singapore and is represented by an extensive global partner network.  For more information, visit or call +1 (619) 876-5400.