Competitive Benchmarks

Putting our products to the test

Top performance

Sure, you need to know how a security solution works, but it’s even more important to know how well it works. When put through the rigors of real-world testing, Trend Micro's products regularly outperform the competition's.

AV Test 100th Certified

Trend Micro is very proud to have received the 100th Certified award given by AV-Test to a select set of vendors who have achieved 100 certificates from their endpoint protection tests over the years. We are committed to evaluating our security solutions in public tests like the ones AV-Test performs every year.

For our endpoint products, AV-TEST runs bi-monthly testing for Protection, Performance, and Usability. Trend Micro solutions consistently rank at the top of the vendors participating in the tests. Below are the 2017 results.

OfficeScan – highest overall score

Trend Micro™ OfficeScan™ has achieved certification in all 6 tests for 2017 and was a Top Product for 5 of the 6 tests.. Over the past 3 years that Trend Micro has been participating in this test, it has achieved the highest overall score against our key competitors as seen below. Note tha Cylance has only participated in 1 of the 24 total tests all the other vendors have participated in.

Below are the scores received for the tests performed in 2017.

AV-Comparatives' Whole Product Dynamic Real-World Protection Test

Trend Micro also consistently ranks ahead of the pack against 18 other security vendors in AV-Comparatives' Whole Product Dynamic Real-World Protection Test. The results above show the averages for Trend Micro Internet Security compared to all vendors, including Microsoft, which is used as a baseline for all tests conducted (10 total) in 2017.

These results are based on the test set of 355 live test cases (malicious URLs found in the field), consisting of working exploits (i.e. drive-by downloads) and URLs pointing directly to malware. Solutions are allowed to use all their protection features in detecting these wide ranging set of threats.

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(Note: Results include user-dependent scores)

Advanced Endpoint Protection test

NSS Labs conducted the first ever Advanced Endpoint Protection test which rigorously tested endpoint security solutions for their effectiveness against modern attacks on the endpoint. Trend Micro OfficeScan was awarded a recommended rating by performing well in the security effectiveness and TCO evaluations.

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Proven email security

Trend Micro's messaging and mail server security has consistently ranked first in Opus One’s anti-spam tests, outperforming seven leading security vendors, including Barracuda Networks, Cisco, McAfee*, Microsoft, Proofpoint, Sophos, Websense (now Forcepoint) and Symantec (Figure 1). *Note that McAfee dropped their messaging security from testing at the end of 2015 and Forcepoint was added in 2016

Multiple layers of protection

Today’s ransomware and Business Email Compromise threats are typically delivered using spam and phishing emails to their intended victims. A proven email security solution can mitigate your risk of becoming infected or falling for socially engineered emails from cyber criminals.

Trend Micro email solutions utilize a multiple layer of proven security technologies including IP Reputation, Content Inspection, Newly-borne Host Inspection, and machine learning through our Socially Engineered Attack Protection. And a new feature using artificial intelligence analyzes writing patterns of high profile employees to combat cybercriminals impersonating these employees email.

These advanced threat protection technologies ensure messaging threats (even those without attachments or embedded URLs) can be blocked before reaching your end users.

Opus One’s methodology relies on actual corporate mail streams, manually analyzed for threats. It provides significant real-world results, unlike results obtained through automated tests based on artificial mail streams.

Figure 1: Trend Micro email security consistently leads the vendor average


Source: Opus One

Superior mobile protection

The smartphone has become a universal tool valued for its productivity and fun factor, but hated for the security problems it can bring. Malicious apps, including ransomware targeting Google's Android platform are continually being developed by threat actors. In 2017, Trend Micro’s Mobile App Reputation Service (MARS) sourced and analyzed 468,837 unique mobile ransomware samples, which is 415% of the unique samples for all of 2016.

AV-TEST benchmarked mobile security solutions, and Trend Micro Mobile Security for Android excelled and achieved certification in the six certification tests conducted in 2017. AV-Test scores solutions in three categories, protection (6 points), usability (6 points), and feature set (1 point) for a maximum overall score available of 13. The Trend Micro solution scores among the highest of the vendors participating in all six tests.

Below are the 2017 results from these tests.

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AV-Comparatives performs mobile security tests during the year.

In 2017, for the 3rd consecutive year, Trend Micro Mobile Security detected 100% of the Android malware tested with 0 false positives, tied for best in the field.

NSS Labs Breach Detection Systems test results

NSS Labs 2017 breach detection competitive testing rigorously compared the security effectiveness and total cost of ownership (TCO) of products from the following vendors:

Trend Micro





Check Point

These closed-door tests subjected the products to an array of sophisticated attacks using advanced malware, stress, and capacity loading across two protocols (SNMP and HTTP). TCO assessments included purchase price, maintenance, and operational costs. For the 3rd year in a row, Trend is a recommended vendor for both TCO and security effectiveness. TCO assessments included purchase price, maintenance, and operational costs.

“Recommended” Breach Detection System

NSS Labs tested Trend Micro™ Deep Discovery Inspector, a network appliance that uses multiple threat engines, and custom sandboxing, leveraging OfficeScan, Trend’s advanced endpoint protection for Windows, Mac and Virtual Desktops. Our products make use of the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ global threat intelligence to detect, analyze, and respond to advanced malware, command-and-control communications, and attacker behavior that is invisible to traditional security solutions.

Time to detect

Organizations are under constant attack, so detection is critical and quick detection and response is the only way to say ahead of the bad guys. Trend Micro not only detected 100% of the threats in the NSS Labs Breach Detection Systems report, it also detected them faster. Trend Micro was able to detect 90.3% of the attacks in the first minute – 21% more than the next closest solution.


Threat actors regularly use evasion techniques to bypass security products. NSS Labs tests multiple evasion techniques to see how well a product manages against these. Trend Micro resisted all evasions at 100%, one of only two vendors to do so.

To see the complete results for Trend Micro, download the report. For the full results of this test, visit NSS Labs.

“Recommended” Next-Gen Intrusion Prevention System

In the 2017 NSS Labs NGIPS Group Test, security effectiveness; application and user controls; performance; stability and reliability; and total cost of ownership (TCO) was tested on next-generation IPS devices from the following 8 vendors:

Trend Micro

Check Point






Palo Alto Networks

NSS Labs tested the Trend Micro™ TippingPoint® 8400TX, a purpose-built system that protects against known, unknown, and undisclosed vulnerabilities anywhere in the network without impacting network performance. With industry-leading security intelligence and exclusive access to vulnerability data from the Zero Day Initiative, TippingPoint solutions go beyond next-gen IPS to defend the network from the edge, to the data center, and to the cloud with real-time enforcement and automated remediation.


  • Recommended NGIPS for the second year in a row
  • 99.6% Security Effectiveness
  • Led all tested products with <7 microseconds network latenc
  • Exceptional TCO at $6 per protected Mbps

For the complete results for Trend Micro, download the report. For the full results of this test, visit NSS Labs.