NSS Labs Raises the Bar on Malware Testing via Mailshell LiveFeed Traffic Reputation

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NSS Labs enhances its security testing of malware, exploits and phishing by integrating Mailshell's LiveFeed traffic reputation system

NSS Labs, a world leader in independent security product testing and certification, announced today its integration of Mailshell's LiveFeed traffic reputation system into its security tests of malware, exploits and phishing. NSS Labs aggregates web-based threats from a variety of sources, including partners and its own servers, and uses them to benchmark third-party solutions' detection rates and response times to social engineering-style threats. Mailshell LiveFeed identifies and quantifies traffic reputation for more than 40 OEM partners and millions of end users worldwide.

NSS Labs has developed a unique proprietary "Live Testing" harness and methodology. Potential threats are vetted algorithmically before being inserted into its test queue. Threats are inserted and vetted continually 24x7. Unlike other lab tests, NSS Labs validates the samples before and after the test in order to ensure the most current samples are used. Actual testing of the threats occurs every two hours and starts with validation of the site's existence and conformance to the test definition.

"Our testing and research revealed that Mailshell LiveFeed enhances and expands the data set against which we test other vendors' solutions," said Rick Moy, President of NSS Labs. "LiveFeed helps us with near real-time detection and inclusion of emerging, socially engineered web threats."

Mailshell LiveFeed is a real-time data service that quantifies traffic reputation via advanced statistical models. Unlike other reputation services that provide only a binary 'good' or 'bad' rating, LiveFeed provides granular trust ratings with automated adjustment over time as reputations change. By focusing reputation on mathematical models, rather than simply an 'IP black list' approach, LiveFeed provides more accurate, highly scalable detection.

"NSS Labs has demonstrated a rigorous commitment to fair but strict testing methods," said Eytan Urbas, vice president of Mailshell. "NSS clearly checks and corroborates the data we provide before including it in its tests."

NSS Labs is continuing its tradition of comprehensive, independent testing and invites vendors to join in helping raise the bar for security effectiveness of products. NSS Labs is the only independent test lab that executes both security and performance testing utilizing live threats according to standardized, published criteria. This provides IT buyers with a common reference framework for technical product evaluations. The methodology has been reviewed and edited based on feedback from NSS Labs' extensive advisory group, which consists of information security buyers, auditors and vendors. For more information: http://www.NSSLabs.com

Mailshell is the leading provider of traffic reputation, anti-spam and anti-phishing engines for OEMs. The company's software helps its OEM partners, including McAfee, CA, Check Point, Netgear, AVG and others, immediately generate new revenue, up-sell existing products to new customers and minimize related engineering and support costs. For more information: http://www.mailshell.com.

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