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ESET named a ‘Strategic Leader’ in 2021 AV-Comparatives’ Endpoint Prevention and Response Test


ESET, a global leader in cybersecurity, has been named a Strategic Leader in the 2021 Endpoint Prevention and Response (EPR) Comparative Report, one of the most comprehensive tests of endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions and endpoint security products ever performed by AV-Comparatives. The ESET PROTECT Enterprise bundle, which includes the ESET PROTECT management console, ESET Endpoint Security, ESET Enterprise Inspector and ESET Dynamic Threat Defense, version 8.1, was tested in the report.


AV-Comparatives, a leading independent testing organization, well known for offering innovative real-world environment testing, subjected the products of 10 vendors to a set of 50 targeted attacks, each deployed by a variety of techniques and tactics.


Based on this in-depth testing, AV-Comparatives developed an Enterprise EPR CyberRisk Quadrant™ that “factors in the effectiveness of each product at preventing breaches, the calculated savings resulting from this, the purchase costs of the product, and the product’s accuracy costs (incurred due to false positives).” ESET and its solutions were named a Strategic Leader in the quadrant — the highest certification in the quadrant. Strategic Leaders are defined as “EPR products that have a very high return on investment, and provide very low total cost of ownership… due to exceptional technical capabilities, combined with reasonable costs.” Furthermore, Strategic Leaders “develop ground-breaking ideas and implement these impressively in their products.”


ESET achieved high scores in the categories of active prevention, passive response, and combined prevention/response capabilities, scoring 96%, 100%, and 98%, respectively.


As stated in the report, ESET PROTECT Enterprise did exceptionally well when facing the 50 separate attack scenarios and demonstrated that it is an outstanding enterprise product. The easy-to-use intuitive console was praised, as well as the contextual data provided in order for security analysts to prioritize, mitigate, and further investigate threats.


Righard Zwienenberg, senior research fellow at ESET, noted, “We are very proud yet again to see ESET and ESET PROTECT Enterprise being recognized as a Strategic Leader. This attests that our prevention and response capabilities are effective and that SOC analysts are provided useful contextual data to properly assess and prioritize observed threats.”


Andreas Clementi, CEO and founder of AV-Comparatives, commented, “ESET not only achieved a high combined prevention and response score in the test, but also demonstrated outstanding overall detection and reporting capabilities. The test results contributed to ESET’s low total cost of ownership and ensured ESET’s position once more as a Strategic Leader in the second edition of this test by AV-Comparatives.” 


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