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March 2006

BitDefender Internet Security, the personal security software suite, has been awarded the Checkmark PC Firewall certification by independent UK certification outfit West Coast Labs.

The certification ensures that BitDefender achieves an effective level of protection against hostile attacks from outside, prevents unauthorized local applications from accessing the network, and offers sufficient documentation and administrative tools to the user.

The product has passed the test with flying colors, even when used with its default settings, as Richard Thomas, Test Engineer said: "BitDefender should be commended for the level of security provided by its recommended home user setting; throughout testing this was enough to block all access attempts and keep the client user safe without any need to adjust settings."

"BitDefender 9 Internet Security now holds all the desktop Certifications from Checkmark: AV level 1 and 2, Trojan, AntiSpyware Desktop and PC Firewall. We are one of only two companies in the world to offer this level of certified protection." commented Nicolae Simon, BitDefender Product Marketing Manager. "This certification proves that the effort spent developing a solid firewall to match our highly-praised antivirus engines has not been wasted" he concluded.


About West Coast Labs
WCL is an independent technical consultancy, specialising in the independent testing and validation of the functionality and performance of information security products and services. With a global client base among the world’s leading security technology developers, WCL has a reputation for technical expertise, quality of service and independence. Tests are carried out with pre-defined objectives, to agreed criteria and within a structured methodology appropriate to the individual test.


About Checkmark Certification
Owned by West Coast Labs, Checkmark brings a superior quality testing and certification service to technology developers thru independent, industry-accepted standards on product effectiveness and performance for the benefit of corporate end-users and decision-makers.
Far more than a static record of functionality tests, The Checkmark system is a proactive process of delivering critical product information, certification and performance data to support decision-makers’ information-gathering and decision-making processes in a wide range of security technology sectors.