- Category: August 2013 - Data Protection & Security
In a recent test by the Tolly Group, an independent evaluation and certification provider for IT products and services, Lumension Endpoint Management and Security Suite (L.E.M.S.S.) outperformed traditional antivirus programs in both the system-level impact and amount of malware detected. L.E.M.S.S. required 29% fewer CPU resources than competitors and blocked on average 48% more zero-day malware samples.
The performance test compared L.E.M.S.S. Application Control to traditional antivirus products, such as those offered by Symantec and McAfee, by measuring the time required to execute standard workday tasks with each security solution in place. Based on the calculated time savings, the Tolly Group estimates customers could save between $640,000 to over $1 million over three years by supplementing or reducing the frequency of AV scans or even replacing current, standalone AV installations in certain circumstances with Lumension Application Control.
“The test results validated Lumension’s approach to security,” said C. Edward Brice, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Lumension. “We’ve always believed application control cannot only offer more effective endpoint security, but can also make endpoint operations more efficient, leading to both time and cost savings for IT.”
The Tolly Group’s test compared the task time and CPU usage of application control and antivirus under three conditions: an idle machine, a machine running an update and quick scan and a machine performing an update and full system scan. In each scenario, L.E.M.S.S. consumed fewer CPU resources, allowing average workday tasks to be executed quicker and with less impact on user’s perception of their machine’s usability.
“In the end, how well the machine runs is an important aspect of any security solution,” said Kevin Tolly, Founder and CEO of the Tolly Group. “It’s not something that is typically looked at when potential customers are evaluating solutions, but it should be. AV slows down the machine, causing user frustration and impatience. If users get frustrated enough, they’ll do what they can to prevent the software from executing, thus rendering the solution ineffective.”
The test also examined the effectiveness of the solutions tested at blocking malware execution. Likely malware executable programs, all of which are publicly disclosed, were tested against both L.E.M.S.S. application control technology and traditional antivirus technology. L.E.M.S.S. blocked 100% of the tested zero-day malware samples which represented 31% better malware prevention than the closest AV competitor.
“These new test results show IT can consider running reducing the frequency of AV scans and, in widespread virtual environments, even consider reducing the number of AV installations and replacing it with Application Control,” Brice said. “Organizations will still maintain maximum endpoint security effectiveness while increasing overall operational efficiency.”
You can download the full report from the Tolly Group online here.