That appears to be the conclusion of a pair of independent tests recently released by NSS Labs.
Back in June of 2008 you may remember there was some noise in the IT press, as Trend Micro was declining to participate in some of the well known anti-malware tests, such as VB100. Our argument at the time, and this still stands today, was that those tests simply do not accurately reflect the threat as our customers encounter it, and as such the results may offer a false sense of security.
The internet has emerged as the most abused attack vector, attacks are multi-variant, multi-protocol, distributed in source (botnets), often targeted in nature and can no longer be defeated by the pattern-matching techniques that have been at the core of security software for so long.
Independent and importantly unsponsored testing, from NSS Labs, has just been released that underlines the importance of this new approach. In July and August of this year NSS Labs performed 17 days of 24×7 testing on 9 consumer and 10 enterprise products.
Is Trend Micro’s cloud-client Smart Protection Network ready for prime time? I think the results speak for themselves…