Most security products fail to perform

“The “ICSA Labs Product Assurance Report” – co-authored by the
Verizon Business Data Breach Investigations Report research team –
details lessons gleaned from testing thousands of security products
over 20 years.

“The report found the number one reason why a product fails
during initial testing is that it doesn’t adequately perform as
intended. Across seven product categories core product
functionality accounted for 78 percent of initial test failures.
For example, an anti-virus product failing to prevent infection and
for firewalls or an IPS product not filtering malicious

“The failure of a product to completely and accurately log data
was the second most common reason. Incomplete or inaccurate logging
of who did what and when accounted for 58 percent of initial

“The report findings suggest that logging is often considered a
nuisance and undervalued.”


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