G DATA BankGuard Technology Awarded Best Banking Browser Security Certification by MRG Effitas

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Online banking technology recognized for best performance against financial malware in comparative quality assessments

We were impressed with the performance of G DATA in our Banking Certification program. The BankGuard technology is, in our opinion a key component of its security. - CEO, Effitas Group

G DATA, the world’s longest standing antivirus company, today announced that their BankGuard technology was awarded the MRG Effitas Online Banking Browser Security Certification. MRG Effitas, the independent IT security research organization, conducts quarterly assessments on products, awarding certifications to the products that reliably and efficiently protect against financial threats. G DATA’s BankGuard was not only noted as a proven protection technology, but it was also recommended over the other products, as its ability to harden the existing browser is less intrusive and doesn’t hinder other work while actively browsing the Internet.

“MRG Effitas is the best testing body for banking Trojan protection solutions worldwide and provides valuable information to both consumers and enterprises alike,” said Walter Schumann, G DATA managing director. “We are very pleased to have been recognized by the organization with such a high honor, showcasing the strong capabilities we offer for online banking protection.”

Throughout MRG Effitas’ assessment process, the products were thoroughly measured with extensive malware testing. G DATA’s BankGuard effectively blocked three different, real financial malware strains and prevented the malware from capturing login data within the same session. Most impressively, BankGuard was able to wholly block an in-the-wild, real financial malware strain which is spreading as a result of normal, day-to-day operations on and between the computers of unsuspecting users, and known to pose the most significant threat.

“We were impressed with the performance of G DATA in our Banking Certification program. The BankGuard technology is, in our opinion a key component of its security. Not only did BankGuard prevent data exfiltration during our live botnet tests and proof of concept simulator attacks, but it did this without any noticeable interruption to the user experience. The fact that BankGuard automatically hardens the existing browser and does not rely on the user having to use a separate one, makes it less intrusive and also mitigates against the risk that a user may inadvertently use an insecure browser,” said Chris Pickard, CEO of the Effitas Group.

G DATA’s BankGuard technology permanently monitors the browser, offering effective and unique protection against banking Trojans, providing a detection rate of over 99%. Out of multiple products tested, the certification was only awarded to three Internet security suites, including G DATA, which passed every stage of the testing process during the first quarter of 2015.

About G DATA BankGuard
G DATA BankGuard protects the browser against manipulations that use web injects. With online banking - as with encrypted access to an online shop - the connection to the bank's computer is set up via a browser library located in the main memory. This is where the data from the encrypted SSL connection is decoded. G DATA BankGuard compares the version of the library currently stored in the main memory with a trustworthy copy generated by BankGuard itself. If any deviation is detected, a warning message is displayed warning the user of the risk. The browser session is forced to close immediately and is cleaned of the detected banking Trojan. This effectively prevents the malware from manipulating the data. G DATA BankGuard is an integral part of all G DATA security solutions for Windows (ANTIVIRUS, INTERNET SECURITY, TOTAL PROTECTION) and has an option in the program settings to enable it to be switched on and off easily.

About G DATA
G DATA is a world renowned leader in security software solutions and a pioneer in the field of virus protection. Combining the world’s best security technologies into antivirus software, G DATA offers complete, comprehensive protection for end users as well as small- to large-sized businesses. G DATA products include Dual-Engine Scanning Technology, (G DATA CloseGap) Bank Guard SSL Protection, Patch Management, Device Control & Management, Application Control, a Web Accessible Enterprise Management Console, Web Content Filtering, and Managed Android Security. G DATA security solutions are available worldwide in more than 90 countries.

For more information about the company and their security solutions, please visit http://www.gdata-software.com.

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