MRG Effitas Q4 2019 360 Degree Assessment and Certification

Test Lab

MRG Effitas

Test Title

MRG Effitas Q4 2019 360 Degree Assessment and Certification






AVAST, Avira, Bitdefender, CrowdStrike, ESET, F-Secure, Kaspersky, McAfee, Microsoft, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro

Publication date


Statement from Test Lab

“A first-of-its-kind test that covers all angles, our pioneering 360 Degree Protection Test targets the key threats faced by internet users. In each test case we employ the full spectrum of Early Life Malware. We use a Time-To-Detect metric to measure how long it takes each application to detect and neutralize missed threats.”

Tested products

VendorProductVendor status
AVASTBusiness Antivirusparticipant
AviraAntivirus Proparticipant
BitdefenderEndpoint Securityparticipant
CrowdStrikeFalcon Protectparticipant
ESETEndpoint Securityincluded
F-SecureComputer Protection Premiumparticipant
KasperskySmall Office Securityparticipant
MicrosoftWindows Defenderincluded
McAfeeEndpoint Securityincluded
SophosIntercept Xparticipant
SymantecEndpoint Protection Cloudparticipant
Trend MicroWorry-Free Business Securityincluded

AMTSO Standard compliance info

Notification issued


Notification method

Publicly posted test plan, Contact list notification

Test plan

Commencement date



These Vendors chose to adopt Participant status under the AMTSO Standard, gaining certain guaranteed rights in return for attestations.

“Included” Vendors


These Vendors did not chose to adopt Participant status under the AMTSO Standard, but may have engaged with the test lab in other ways.

Commentary dates
CommentaryStart dateEnd date
Phase 1 Commentary2019-10-212019-10-28
Phase 2 Commentary2020-02-102020-02-17

Commentary received

VendorCommentary phaseComment
SophosPhase 2

While we received preliminary results with an opportunity to dispute, we did not receive any acknowledgement of our disputes and it appears as if they were ignored/rejected without any feedback. We’ve reached out directly to MRG to try and understand where the failure occurred and find a solution to the problem.” AMTSO note: Discussion between commenting vendor and test lab facilitated by AMTSO, communication issues settled amicably.

AMTSO Standard compliance status

Confirmed compliant with AMTSO Standard v1.2Compliance report