CrowdStrike Loses Courst Case to Suppress NSS Labs Unflattering Test Report

Posted by at 10:38 am on February 16, 2017

Security firm CrowdStrike this week lost a legal battle aimed at stopping independent security testing and advisory firm NSS Labs from publishing its findings.

CrowdStrike on Friday sought a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in Delaware to stop NSS from publishing its full Advanced Endpoint Protection Group test, which includes an assessment of CrowdStrike’s Falcon product. The federal court denied CrowdStrike’s request on Monday, and NSS Labs on Tuesday published its test results.

The NSS report, which is only available to paying subscribers, examines products from Carbon Black, CrowdStrike, Cylance, ESET, Fortinet, Invincea, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, McAfee, SentinelOne, Sophos, Symantec, and Trend Micro.

The NSS calls it “the industry’s most rigorous test to date of leading Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP) solutions.”

CrowdStrike disagrees with that assessment. In a blog post Tuesday, the security firm accused NSS of “unlawfully accessing” its software and improperly testing its product. The company said it hadn’t seen the test results but was simply “making a stand against what we believe to be unlawful conduct.”

“CrowdStrike values independent testing and we initially engaged NSS to conduct a private test of our software,” the company wrote. “We soon learned their methodologies were deeply flawed.”

CrowdStrike scored poorly on the test. NSS gave CrowdStrike’s product a “below average” rating of 73.2 percent in terms of “security effectiveness.”

CrowdStrike, however, argued that NSS made “basic” testing errors, like labeling Firefox, Skype, and other legitimate software as malicious, “leaving us with no confidence in their testing methodology or ability.”

 

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