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Protection starts with the first installation

To reboot or not to reboot?

Protection starts with the first installation

“Turn it off and on again.” This global IT support advice is known to everyone, from Peppa Pig (Mummy Pig at Work) to The IT Crowd (every episode). But why? Why does rebooting a complex computer system solve so many problems? And why am I referring to British TV comedy in a serious report about computer security? We will answer one of those questions here.

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SE Labs Annual Security Awards 2024

Annual Security Award Winners

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Announcing the SE Labs Annual Security Awards 2024, where we celebrate security vendors for their exceptional performance in both rigorous testing and real-world feedback from customers. These awards stand as a unique recognition within the industry, acknowledging the mix of strong lab work and practical success.

Best New Endpoint Award

Joining the SE Labs testing program is a serious commitment. Our assessments are renowned as the most stringent in the industry, with only the highest calibre products earning coveted A, AA, or AAA awards.

We always welcome new entrants to our tests and it’s incredibly satisfying to work with partners who work to solve problems as well as to celebrate victories.

The winner of this year’s Best New Endpoint Award is SentinelOne.

Best Network Detection and Response Award

Achieving robust security hinges on comprehensively grasping the capabilities and intentions of potential threats to your IT infrastructure. Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) serves as the frontline defence, actively identifying, thwarting, and dissecting cyber threats lurking within your network. An optimal solution empowers security teams, streamlining their efforts and enhancing their effectiveness in safeguarding your digital assets.

The winner of this year’s Best Network Detection and Response Award is VMware.

Best Product Development Award

Our testing engagements whether public or private, provide vast amounts of information that can be used to improve and strengthen security products. Our award winner has taken our work and run with it, improving the security of their customers and making life significantly harder for attackers. We commend their adeptness and efficacy with this award.

The winner of this year’s Best Product Development Award is Check Point.

Best Managed Service Provider Solution Award

Following our conversations within the community and rigorous testing, we created shortlist of exceptional companies that support their partners in keeping their MSP and partner community informed of the ever-evolving threat landscape.

The winner of this year’s Best Managed Service Provider Solution Award is Sophos.

Best Email Security Service Award

Email is the primary vector for cyber threats. As such, there is much opportunity for email security services to stop cyber attacks at their earliest stages. With the rising menace of targeted assaults, often leveraging sophisticated social engineering tactics, the imperative for email security services to evolve and counter such threats becomes ever more pressing. This year’s champion has consistently showcased its prowess in discerning malicious intent from legitimate communication, reaffirming its role as a stalwart defender against digital adversaries.

The winner of this year’s Best Email Security Service Award is Trellix.

Best Next Generation Firewall Award

In our evaluations of firewalls, we conduct thorough tests that put their data sheets to the real-world challenge. We assess how swiftly data moves through these devices while adhering to security protocols, gauge their resilience against attacks amid heavy legitimate traffic, and evaluate the ease of managing these complexities. Our award winner has excelled across the board, showcasing outstanding performance and resilience.

The winner of this year’s Best Next Generation Firewall Award is Cisco.

Best Innovator Award

As attackers continually evolve their tactics, security vendors must remain innovative in their approach to detecting and thwarting these threats. Mere marketing buzzwords like “machine learning” are insufficient to earn our coveted Innovator award. Products must demonstrate exceptional effectiveness and deliver substantial added value to your security arsenal to merit recognition. It’s not just about fancy labels; it’s about tangible, impactful solutions that elevate your defence capabilities in the ever-changing landscape of cyber threats.

The winner of this year’s Best Innovator Award is Palo Alto Networks.

Best Endpoint Detection and Response Award

The best security involves having a good understanding of your enemy and the extent of the impact they could make (or have already made) on your IT infrastructure. Endpoint Detection and Response serve as the frontline guardians, actively identifying, halting, and delving into cyber threats within the network. A superior solution not only empowers security teams but also streamlines their efforts, enhancing overall effectiveness in combating evolving threats.

The winner of this year’s Best Endpoint Detection and Response Award is CrowdStrike.


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Ransomware vs. Endpoint Security

Results from the largest public ransomware test

CrowdStrike Falcon Ransomware

Ransomware is the most visible, most easily understood cyber threat affecting businesses today. Paralysed computer systems mean stalled business and loss of earnings. We tested CrowdStrike Falcon’s endpoint security vs. ransomware.

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Realistic attacks for useful results

Critical Endpoint Protection Evaluations

Realistic attacks for useful results

Endpoint protection is a critical component of any organisation’s cybersecurity strategy. And if it’s critical then you should test it and additionally, have others run assessments too.

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How can you test and judge endpoint protection products?

Working out which endpoint protection product is right for your organisation requires a lot of thought.

Each product on the market has a pile of features and they don’t all do exactly the same thing. But at the very least, they should detect and stop malware threats. That should be your baseline when choosing between them. In this blog post, we explain how we test so you can judge which endpoint protection products are best for your organisation.

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Endpoint Detection Compared

We compare endpoint security products directly using real, major threats

Endpoint Detection Compared

How can you test and judge endpoint protection products? SE Labs tested a variety of Endpoint Detection and Response products against a range of hacking attacks designed to compromise systems and penetrate target networks in the same way as criminals and other attackers breach systems and networks.

EDR products require advanced testing

An Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) product is more than anti-virus, which is why it requires advanced testing. This means testers must behave like real attackers, following every step of an attack.

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Does it matter if your company is hacked?

And why are some businesses overconfident that they are secure?

Does it matter if your company is hacked?

A true story: There was a team manager, a head of IT and a chief financial officer. I asked each if they considered their network to be secure, hacked or in some other state.

The ex-military team manager was supremely confident that the secure network was, as its optimistic name suggested, secure. The IT manager said, “I don’t know,” and the CFO said, “I don’t know, and does it matter?”

Email Security Services test: Enterprise and Small Business test explained

This report examines the effectiveness of five email security solutions. Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Google Workspace Enterprise are commercial email platforms. Trellix Email Security, WithSecure Email Security and Mailcow Open Source solution are third-party ‘add-on’ services designed to provide additional security. Of the ‘add-ons’, the services from Trellix and WithSecure are commercial, while Mailcow’s is open-source.

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DIY email security

Can you defend against email threats better than the security companies?

How well do the main email platforms handle threats? Is it worth paying for additional email security from a third-party specialist? Or could you create your own secure email server and get top grade protection for free?

Compare a major email platform with a third-party service and an open-source solution

In this special, one-of-a-kind report we investigate how well one of the world’s largest email providers performs when trying to filter out harmful security threats from your email. We also assess the benefits of a well-known email security service that you can bolt onto any other email solution. And finally, we built an open-source email server running a combination of security and management tools to see how well it compared.

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Top five antivirus myths busted

And why do we still believe them?

Top five antivirus myths busted

Anti-virus, or endpoint security plays an essential part in protecting Windows PCs. Whether you are working in the world’s largest enterprise, or using a small personal laptop, you need a last line of defence against attacks that use malicious code to steal or damage your data.

Are you a believer?

Some people have doubts about how useful anti-virus can be. Their opinions might be out of date, or they might believe marketing claims designed to push new products and discredit the competition.

At SE Labs we test endpoint security all the time, so we know what’s true and what belongs in the post-truth world. Here are the top five antivirus myths, busted!

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Early protection systems

Can EDR really stop advanced targeted attacks?

Early protection systems

SE Labs tested Coronet Cyber Security Coro against a range of hacking attacks designed to compromise systems and penetrate target networks in the same way as criminals and other attackers breach systems and networks.

Full attack chain EDR test

There are many opportunities to spot and stop attackers. Products can detect them when attackers send phishing emails to targets. Or later, when other emails contain links to malicious code. Some kick into action when malware enters the system. Others sit up and notice when the attackers exhibit bad behaviour on the network.

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