AVG wins Checkmark Platinum Product Award by Westcoast Labs for AVG 9.0

Melbourne, 21 December 2009 - AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd, the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific distributor of the award-winning AVG Anti-Virus and Internet Security products, is proud to announce that AVG Technologies has been awarded the Checkmark Platinum Product Award by Westcoast Labs, a leading independent test facility for the information security products and services industry.

AVG's Internet Security 9.0 software has achieved the Checkmark Platinum Product Award for Real Time Anti-Malware protection, following an extensive testing process. Tests were run continuously against security threats collected in real time through West Coast Labs' global network amid a testing environment that imitates the real-life working conditions of the average user's computer.

The global nature of IT security threats, coupled with demand for up-to-the-minute performance of security products, fuels the need for sophisticated product testing that extends beyond standard, baseline benchmarking tests.

"Today's internet threats from hackers and cyber criminals are both transient and rapidly evolving. To combat them, security products must also evolve. As such, real time testing of security products is critical, and it takes both reactive and proactive technologies to protect against today's threats. That's what we've achieved with our latest release of products," said AVG Technologies' CTO Karel Obluk.


West Coast Labs Release

http://www.westcoastlabs.com/checkmark/search/platinum/

IRVINE, CA and CARDIFF, UK -- (Marketwire) -- 12/14/09 -- West Coast Labs, part of the Haymarket Media Group and one of the world's leading independent test facilities for information security products and services, today announced AVG Technologies, CA, Inc., Kaspersky Lab and Webroot received the Checkmark Platinum Product Award for participation in the West Coast Labs Real Time Testing Program. This unique, higher level of product performance validation requires 24x7x365 live testing of solutions against a live malware feed that approximates the real-life working conditions of the average user's computer.

Checkmark Real Time Testing program is designed to provide vendors with an accurate independent measurement of real world product performance. The Checkmark Platinum Product Award is issued based upon the results of extensive real-time testing of the quality of anti-malware protection provided by a product or service. The tests run continuously against security threats collected in real time through West Coast Labs' global network.

"We are glad that another independent research lab appreciates the value of dynamic testing and importantly, is committed to testing how effective antivirus products are in the everyday situations that users typically find themselves in," said Alexander Gostev, Director of Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Team. "What makes the approach adopted by West Coast Labs so valuable is that they will continue their dynamic testing for a long time, with vendors receiving renewed certification based on each test period's results. The Checkmark Platinum Product Award received by Kaspersky Lab clearly demonstrates that the decision we made several years ago to focus on developing such technologies as Hosted Intrusion Prevention was totally justified. It also shows that our approach to protection is indeed truly comprehensive."

Demand for Unparalleled Performance Validation

The global nature of IT security threats coupled with demand from both vendors and end-users for up-to-the-minute performance validation of mission critical security applications and services continues to fuel the need for sophisticated product testing that expands beyond standard, baseline benchmarking tests.

"As an extension of our Real Time Testing, the Platinum Product Awards is a formal recognition of the level to which a product's performance and detection capabilities are validated," said Lysa Myers, director of research, West Coast Labs. "Where many product tests and validations occur in a vacuum without regard to time and geography, our Real Time Testing Program most closely resembles user experiences by testing against up-to-the-minute threats originating from multiple geographies aimed at varying entry points."

Malware authors continuously seek new opportunities to compromise the security of end user data and enterprise computing systems by evolving the distribution and structure of malware to make detection difficult or by exploiting weaknesses in new operating systems or major upgrades. "Today's internet threats from hackers and cyber criminals are both transient and rapidly evolving. To combat them, security products must also evolve. As such, real time testing of security products is critical, and it takes both reactive and proactive technologies to protect against today's threats. That's what we've achieved with our latest release of products," said AVG Technologies CTO Karel Obluk. "Testing against a static set of threats is becoming less important. We expected to perform well, but are pleased that AVG Internet Security 9.0 received West Coast Labs Platinum Product Award for Real Time Anti-Malware protection. This third party recognition validates our continuing efforts to protect our customers."

West Coast Labs maintains up-to-date, accurate views of the threat landscape through its real-time data collection from its global research network, which serves as the foundation of its Real Time Testing Program. This approach gives a highly accurate assessment of product effectiveness versus testing regimes that employ simple collection and testing regimes often compromised due to outdated test samples.

According to Paul Lipman, senior vice president and general manager of Webroot's Consumer business, "Webroot is committed to protecting our customers against the millions of new, increasingly sophisticated security threats we're seeing emerge each year. We are pleased to receive a Checkmark Platinum Product Award from West Coast Labs because it's further validation that Webroot's products deliver highly effective, real-time detection and protection against the latest malware."

Don DeBolt, director of threat research, CA Internet Security Business Unit, said, "Obtaining the Checkmark Platinum Award for CA Internet Security Suite Plus 2010 is an important validation of CA's commitment to producing easy-to-use Internet security solutions that offer the highest levels of protection required to successfully protect PC users from constantly evolving online threats."

Details for participating vendors and their products are available at: http://www.westcoastlabs.com/checkmark/search/platinum.

About West Coast Labs Checkmark Certification

Checkmark is one of the world's leading certification systems for information security products and services. This highly regarded accreditation program provides a level of assurance across a wide range of technologies that products and services perform to industry accepted standards.

About West Coast Labs Real Time Testing Program

The Real Time Testing Program builds upon Checkmark Certification program with the belief that effective independent performance validation of content security technologies should occur as an actual business experience in real-world environments. West Coast Labs now delivers sophisticated, live testing and real-time product performance through its 24x7x365 Real Time Testing program. Products are tested continuously against content security threats collected through West Coast Labs' global network in real time to provide the ultimate in performance validation. Upon completion of the Checkmark Certification program and Real Time Testing program, products are recognized with a Platinum Product Award indicating its ability to meet superior levels of performance standards.

About West Coast Labs

Part of the Haymarket Media Group, West Coast Labs is a global leader in technical research, testing and the Checkmark Certification of information security products and services. With market-leading technology and testing facilities accredited to ISO17025 in the UK, USA and India, West Coast Labs' services and the Checkmark Certification System are being used by the leading global brands to create market advantage and by large business enterprises for obtaining crucial technical insight into product performance.


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