Sophos and Cylance in public fight over cheating

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Sophos and Cylance in public fight over cheating

Who's faking it?

Two prominent anti-virus security vendors are duking it out in public over accusations of rigged testing, and the companies' resellers have been caught in the cross-fire.
Sophos claimed competitor Cylance had disabled default protection settings in Sophos' products as well as others to show it was the best in detecting malware.
Sophos posted a video on YouTube of its own testing to evaluate Cylance's claims, but was forced to take down the clip after Cylance allegedly threatened the reseller that gave Sophos the Cylance AV license.
Sophos claimed Cylance has not taken part in independent AV testing except for once last December, when it fared badly against Sophos in an AV-TEST analysis.

The founder of Cylance, Ryan Permeh, dismissed Sophos' claims.

"This conversation has gone on long enough and wastes everyone's time. We don't game tests and never will. We strongly urge customers to test any solutions on their own systems and networks. It is the only truly independent and “real world” metric that ever matters," Permeh wrote.

In a follow-up blog post, Cylance vice-president of product testing and certifications, Chad Skipper, claimed a test session had shown the company's product was able to stop all but 12 of 3700 malware samples.

Skipper said 460 of the 3700 malware samples had not ever been seen by "commodity antivirus". 

Cylance has yet to make public the full test criteria and other details of the test.

The anti-virus vendor told Fortune magazine it has received some US$100 million in venture capital and counted more than 1000 customers, including 50 Fortune 500 firms.

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