Accuvant Releases Web Browser Security Research Findings

-- Deems Google Chrome as Most Secured Against Attacks --

Denver – December 9, 2011 – Accuvant, the only research-driven information security partner delivering alignment, clarity and confidence to enterprise and government clients, today released Browser Security Comparison: A Quantitative Approach, an extensive security evaluation of the three most widely used web browsers – Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Conducted by the renowned Accuvant LABS research team, the research finds that Google Chrome is currently the browser that is most secured against attacks. 

“Anybody who surfs the internet is familiar with malware, spyware and viruses. These malicious programs can lead to system pop-ups, slowdowns, account takeovers, and theft of credit card data, social security numbers and other personally identifiable information. While anti-virus and anti-malware can help prevent infection, the first line of defense is using a secure web browser,” said Ryan Smith, chief scientist for Accuvant. “Accuvant is dedicated to providing essential services, like this in-depth, proactive research, that help protect vendors, companies, government agencies, and the public-at-large against those with malicious intent.”

Google commissioned Accuvant to perform this comprehensive and independently designed security analysis to help advance the discussion of best practices in the security community. “Our researchers used a completely different and more extensive methodology than previous, similar studies,” said Chris Valasek, Accuvant LABS senior research scientist. “We compared web browsers from a layered perspective, taking into account security architecture and anti-exploitation techniques. Like anti-virus or anti-malware software, each provides an additional layer of defense. This methodology requires a greater depth of technical expertise than statistical analysis of vulnerabilities, and also provides a more accurate window into the security of each browser.”

Accuvant LABS’ web browser evaluation is based on the premise that all software of sufficient complexity and an evolving code base has vulnerabilities. Anti-exploitation technology can reduce or eliminate the severity of a single vulnerability or an entire class of exploits. Therefore, the software with the best anti-exploitation techniques is the most resistant to attack, which is the most crucial consideration in browser security.

Browser Security Comparison: A Quantitative Approach,as well as all of the data presented within the document and the tools used to generate the data, are available for download at

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