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Email security: A beginner’s guide

How SE Labs tests and scores email security services

Email scoring

Email security services can do a lot to protect users from online threats. This also means a lot can go wrong too. Testing and scoring these services requires a lot of attention to detail and a scoring method that takes into account all of the possible outcomes, including unexpected ones.

Learn:

  • How email security services work
  • How you should use them
  • Why we score services the way we do
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Endpoint protection needs your attention

How to get out more than you put in

Endpoint protection needs your attention

Technology gives us tools to achieve sometimes amazing things. But no matter how advanced, it usually requires humans to make an effort.

We’ve all heard the terms, “fire and forget” or “plug and play” but these are usually marketing dreams. In security, as with any other area, you can buy tools, but you need to understand how to use them if you are going to succeed.

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Outdated law firm tech creates tension with clients

Legal firms vs. data security: How to solve the tension between lawyers, their IT teams, clients and data security

outdated law firm tech

Traditional ways of working in the legal world clash with modern technology and tech-savvy clients. Outdated law firm tech might be safe, but it makes customers unhappy.

There is a tension between lawyers, their IT teams and their clients. Law firms don’t like to recognise this, at least publicly. But there is a clash between “the way things are done”, customer service and the convenience provided by modern technology.

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Serial Hackers

How we run our Breach Response testing, and why

In this blog post our CTO Stefan Dumitrascu explains some of the challenges behind our newly launched Breach Response testing, why things are now different (better) and the background on how we came to make some of our decisions.

One of our most exciting projects this year has been the Breach Response testing programme. In this article we explain what has changed since last year, and why.

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Anti-malware is just one part of the picture

 
Beefing up security advice with facts

Latest reports now online for enterprise, small business and home users.

At SE Labs we spend our time testing things that are supposed to protect you but we also understand that securing your business, or your home network, is never as simple as installing one or more security products.

The risks are many and varied, but the ways to mitigate them are often most successful with a good dose of common sense as well as the appropriate technology. You just need to think things through carefully and make sensible decisions.

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Targeted attacks with public tools

We run attacks with public tools to keep our tests accurate and useful.

Over the last few years we have tested more than 50 different products using over 5,000 targeted attacks. And there’s news, both good and bad.

In this article we will look at the different tools available, how effective they are at helping attackers bypass anti-malware products and how security vendors have been handling this type of threat for over a year.

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Can you trust security tests?

 
Clear, open testing is needed and now available to help people trust security tests

Latest reports now online.

A year ago we decided to put our support behind a new testing Standard proposed by the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO). The goal behind the Standard is good for everyone: if testing is conducted openly then testers such as us can receive due credit for doing a thorough job; you the reader can gain confidence in the results; and the vendors under test can understand their failings and make improvements, which then creates stronger products that we can all enjoy.

The Standard does not dictate how testers should test. There are pages of detail, but I can best summarise it like this:

Say what you are going to do, then do it. And be prepared to prove it.

(Indeed, a poor test could still comply with the AMTSO Standard, but at least you would be able to understand how the test was conducted and could then judge its worth with clear information and not marketing hype!)

Trust security tests

We don’t think that it’s unreasonable to ask testers to make some effort to prove their results. Whether you are spending £30 on a copy of a home anti-antivirus product or several million on a new endpoint upgrade project, if you are using a report to help with your buying decision you deserve to know how the test was run, whether or not some vendors were at a disadvantage and if anyone was willing and able to double-check the results.

Since the start of the year we put our endpoint reports through the public pilot and then, once the Standard was officially adopted, through the full public process. Our last reports were judged to comply with the AMTSO Standard and we’ve submitted these latest reports for similar assessment.

At the time of writing we didn’t know if the reports from this round of testing complied. We’re pleased to report today that they did. You can confirm this by checking the AMTSO reference link at the bottom of page three of this report or here. This helps people trust security tests.

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SE Labs uses current threat intelligence to make our tests as realistic as possible. To learn more about how we test, how we define ‘threat intelligence’ and how we use it to improve our tests please visit our website and follow us on Twitter.

This test report was funded by post-test consultation services provided by SE Labs to security vendors. Vendors of all products included in this report were provided with early access to results and the ability to dispute details for free. SE Labs has submitted the testing process behind this report for compliance with the AMTSO Standard v1.0.

Our latest reports, for enterprise, small business and home users are now available for free from our website. Please download them and follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook to receive updates and future reports.

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