Independent Testing Confirms CrowdStrike Falcon as Only Certified Next-gen Endpoint Security Solution to be Viable AV Replacement

AV-Comparatives Certifies Falcon for Anti-Malware and Exploit Protection in First Competitive Test of Next-gen Solutions

IRVINE, Calif.--()--CrowdStrike, the leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection, today announced it has achieved antivirus (AV) certification through independent testing with AV-Comparatives. CrowdStrike Falcon was the only tested endpoint security solution recognized as capable of fully replacing traditional AV by registering with Windows System Center as antivirus/anti-spyware. All other tested solutions were found not to support this capability, and thus, are not capable of fully replacing legacy AV and eliminating Windows security warnings for end-users.

This new certification expands CrowdStrike’s existing role in the antivirus industry, which includes membership in Microsoft’s Virus Initiative (MVI) and Virus Information Alliance (VIA), the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) and being the first next-gen vendor to provide its machine learning engine to public multi-engine scanning websites.

CrowdStrike received independent validation from AV-Comparatives, underscoring its ease of deployment and updatability, modern and well-organized user interface, and extensive capabilities in tracking and reporting on malicious activities on the endpoint.

CrowdStrike Falcon was also the only tested endpoint security solution to achieve 100 percent detection efficacy on all exploits used in the testing. It also scored a range of 98 to 99.2 percent detection efficacy with zero false positives on three separate malware tests performed by AV-Comparatives.

“We commend CrowdStrike for participating in this inaugural test and leading the pack when it comes to opening up their technology for independent testing, especially when most next-gen providers refused to have their claims validated. Their product performed very well in this first public evaluation, demonstrating its effectiveness in protecting endpoints,” said Andreas Clementi, founder and chief executive officer at AV-Comparatives.

“CrowdStrike is continually investing and building on our industry-leading endpoint security platform that combines machine learning/artificial intelligence, Indicators-of-Attack (IoAs), and exploit mitigation technologies to provide superior threat protection,” said George Kurtz, chief executive officer and co-founder of CrowdStrike. “We are proud to be recognized as the first certified next-gen endpoint security solution to replace legacy AV.”

CrowdStrike is the first and only company that unifies next-gen antivirus with endpoint detection and response (EDR) and managed hunting -- all delivered through the cloud in one single agent. As companies are looking for more effective and efficient protection technologies, CrowdStrike Falcon offers unprecedented protection to stop breaches with exceptional ease of deployment. CrowdStrike’s fully SaaS-based endpoint protection platform allows for global roll-outs to hundreds of thousands of endpoints in minutes, ensuring immediate time-to-value.

For more information, read a blog by Dmitri Alperovitch, CrowdStrike’s co-founder and chief technology officer:

About CrowdStrike

CrowdStrike is the leader in cloud delivered next-generation endpoint protection. CrowdStrike’s core technology, the CrowdStrike Falcon™ platform, stops breaches by preventing and responding to all types of attacks – both malware and malware-free. CrowdStrike has revolutionized endpoint protection by being the first and only company to unify three crucial elements: next-generation antivirus, endpoint detection and response (EDR), and a 24/7 managed hunting service — uniquely delivered via the cloud in a single lightweight sensor. Falcon uses the patent-pending CrowdStrike Threat Graph™ to analyze and correlate billions of events in real-time, providing complete protection and five-second visibility across all endpoints. The company leads threat prevention with its potent combination of signatureless machine learning/artificial intelligence and behavioral-based analytics.

Many of the world’s largest organizations already put their trust in CrowdStrike, including three of the 10 largest global companies by revenue, five of the 10 largest financial institutions, three of the top 10 health care providers, and three of the top 10 energy companies. CrowdStrike Falcon is currently deployed in more than 170 countries.

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Ilina Dimitrova, 202-340-0517


Ilina Dimitrova, 202-340-0517