ICSA Labs Enhances Anti-Virus Testing Program to Include ‘Extended WildList’

October 31, 2011

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     Products Now Tested Against Larger Malware Set to Better Protect Users

Computer users at home and at work can feel more comfortable knowing that anti-virus products certified by ICSA Labs can protect users from a broader set of malware.

a collection of proprietary malware samples.  The ICSA Labs’ malware collection includes thousands of uncommon or inactive malware samples.  While not prevalent, these types of malware can still cause infections.

To earn ICSA Labs’ certification, anti-virus products must accurately detect at least 92 percent of viruses on the Extended WildList, 100 percent of viruses on the WildList, and 90 percent of viruses on ICSA Labs’ malware collection.  Products must also have zero false positives.

Over the next few months, ICSA Labs will evaluate whether the 92 percent detection rate for the Extended WildList should be raised.  

About ICSA Labs 

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world’s top security vendors. Visit http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information. 

About Verizon  

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