Best anti-malware solution

Winner: McAfee for McAfee Web Gateway

As use of the web continues to grow and evolve, web-borne malware attacks continue to grow and evolve as well. McAfee Web Gateway offers powerful, proactive protection against the malicious and targeted attacks that are a predictable part of doing business in a Web 2.0-enabled world. Widely deployed reactive security solutions – such as signature-based anti-virus and category-only URL filtering – are still important for blocking “known bad” behavior and content. But these reactive techniques were never designed to combat today's exploits. For example, they can't prevent attacks that entice users to unwittingly click on a link that downloads a virus designed to evade signature-based detection, or attacks that hide malicious code within seemingly good HTTP or HTTPS traffic. The ability to proactively block unknown – as well as known – threats has become crucial.

McAfee Web Gateway uses next-generation proactive intent analysis to filter out malicious content from web traffic in real time. By scanning a web page's active content, emulating and understanding its behavior and predicting its intent, McAfee Web Gateway proactively protects against zero-day and targeted attacks as they occur. Outbound malware detection identifies and isolates existing infections phoning home, and prevents sensitive data from leaving the organization through Web 2.0 sites. The proactive threat protection against unknown malware is fueled 24/7 by McAfee Global Threat Intelligence, and accompanied by comprehensive, “traditional” anti-virus protection to block known malware. Combining next-generation proactive analysis, outbound malware detection and anti-virus capabilities provides a unique gateway-specific anti-malware technology and strong defense against malware.

Even ‘simple' infections can cause an entire IT staff a significant amount of overhead in chasing infected machines, not to mention the data leakage risks and damage to a brand. In one independent test, McAfee Web Gateway (Webwasher) detected 99.9 percent of malicious samples while achieving a .003 percent false positive rate. McAfee Web Gateway offers powerful, proactive protection at the gateway against blended threats, spyware and targeted attacks that are a predictable part of doing business in a Web 2.0-enabled world, eliminating costly cleanup and data leakage.

Finalists 2010

  • AVG Technologies for AVG Internet Security Business Edition
  • Astaro Internet Security  for Astaro Security Gateway
  • Cisco Systems for Cisco IronPort S-Series Secure Web Gateway
  • ESET for ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4
  • McAfee for McAfee Web Gateway
  • Symantec for Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition

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