How do you perform on a test that explores whether you're vulnerable to viruses from known malicious sites?

How are we testing?:

This test downloads a benign file containing an EICAR virus test file from the official EICAR site. Most network defenses should easily block the download either by scanning the file and detecting the test pattern or by blocking the destination based on reputation.


Why is this test important?:

This is one of the most basic test we perform. It check for the existence of the most basic threat prevention tools.


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Can you access and download known test virus file?

Viruses can be blocked by either scanning the content or checking the reputation of the destination, and with the best defenses – combining the two for defense in layers. While advanced malware analysis techniques are needed to defeat advanced threats, these simple defenses can be used against mass market threats.

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