OPSWAT Report Looks at Devices with Advanced Threats

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Latest OPSWAT market share reports includes a brand new section on advanced threats, as well as sections on cloud-based backup and peer-to-peer application market share.

The all-new advanced threats section leverages the advanced threat detection capabilities of the cloud-based solution GEARS.

By leveraging the two advanced threat detection methods provided by GEARS, we’re able to offer more in-depth analysis and greater insight into the percentage of infected devices.

OPSWAT today announced the release of their quarterly market share report, which includes a new advanced threat detection section and leaders in the backup and peer-to-peer application market worldwide. The innovative advanced threats section includes in-depth analysis of the percentage of user devices with suspected advanced threats.

The latest market share report retrieves data by leveraging the advanced threat detection capabilities of GEARS. This cloud-based network security management solution provides two methods to identify suspected advanced threats on users’ devices. The first method identifies suspected advanced threats the existing antivirus software detects repeatedly, indicating that the antivirus is unable to remediate the threat or that the user is repeatedly downloading a malicious file. 1.6% of devices in OPSWAT’s report had an advanced threat identified through this method.

The second method utilizes OPSWAT’s multiple anti-malware engine cloud scanning technology, Metascan Online, to identify threats that may not have been detected by the installed antivirus software. GEARS uses a selection of 40 commercial anti-malware engines from Metascan Online to scan running processes on devices for malware. Using this method, 2.9% of devices in OPSWAT’s report had a suspected advanced threat detected. In total, OPSWAT’s report found that 4.5% of devices had a suspected advanced threat. To read more about how advanced threats were identified, please see the full report.

“The advanced threat detection coverage in our reports provides a unique look at the health of user devices,” said Derek Bass, Marketing Project Manager at OPSWAT. “By leveraging the two advanced threat detection methods provided by GEARS, we’re able to offer more in-depth analysis and greater insight into the percentage of infected devices.”

OPSWAT’s report also highlights the leaders in the cloud backup market worldwide. The backup market was largely dominated by three products with DropBox, GoogleDrive and OneDrive (formerly Microsoft’s SkyDrive) making up nearly 80% of the combined market share. The report shows 40% of Windows devices had a cloud-backup application installed, which left a majority of devices without a cloud backup application installed.

Additional coverage in the report includes public file sharing or peer-to-peer application usage worldwide. uTorrent continues to hold a substantial lead, with more than half (62.4%) of the market share worldwide, with its parent company, BitTorrent, accounting for an additional 7.4%. The remaining peer-to-peer applications detected contained five percent or less market share worldwide.

For more information regarding this report please contact marketing(at)opswat(dot)com. Previous OPSWAT quarterly market share reports which include a wide range of information are available to view on OPSWAT’s website.


OPSWAT is a San Francisco based software company that provides solutions to secure and manage IT infrastructure. Founded in 2002, OPSWAT delivers solutions that provide manageability of endpoints and networks, and that help organizations protect against zero day attacks by using multiple antivirus engine scanning and detailed file filtering. OPSWAT’s intuitive applications and comprehensive development kits are deployed by SMB, enterprise and OEM customers to more than 100 million endpoints worldwide. To learn more about OPSWAT’s innovative and unique solutions, please visit http://www.opswat.com.

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