Press Release

Kaspersky Lab Announces Advanced Protection For Linux Mail Servers

New Kaspersky Linux Mail Security Includes Cloud-Based Reputation Management to Block Malicious Attachments and Unknown Exploits

Woburn, MA – September 4, 2012 – Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of security and threat management solutions, today announced the availability of Kaspersky Linux Mail Security, which can be easily integrated into a variety of Linux-based mail server configurations to efficiently fight spam and block malicious attachments. Using a variety of Kaspersky Lab technologies – including heuristic detection and the company’s cloud-based Urgent Detection System – Kaspersky Linux Mail Security will block the newest malware and software exploits from infecting corporate IT systems.

In recent independent testing of spam filtering conducted by Virus Bulletin, Kaspersky Linux Mail Security delivered a final score of 99.7 percent.[1] Internal Kaspersky Lab tests show malware detection rates up to 60 percent higher than Linux mail security solutions offered by competing security companies.

Intelligent Protection from Modern Spam
One distinct feature of spam-related cybercrime is the “hit and run” nature of most attacks. When a wave of spam with new threats is first unleashed, approximately half of all its intended recipients receive the message in the first 10 minutes of the attack. This means security response times have to be just as fast. By linking Kaspersky Linux Mail Security with a Kaspersky Lab’s Urgent Detection System, customers receive rapid updates to their anti-spam databases in minutes instead of hours.

The new protection technologies offered in Kaspersky Linux Mail Security include:

  • Exploit Detection – Uses Kaspersky Lab’s ZETA Shield technology to block complex threats and targeted attacks that exploit new and unknown vulnerabilities in common software.
  • Attachment Filter and Format Recognizer – Monitors and filters email attachments by their actual content, regardless of its declared file type or extension, and responds according to each company’s security policies, effectively blocking inappropriate email traffic (e.g., music files and videos) and potentially dangerous files (e.g., executable files).
  • Enforced Anti-Spam Update Service – Connects customers more directly than ever to Kaspersky Lab’s security experts to produce fast responses to malicious spam outbreaks.
  • Reputation-Based Spam Filtering – Uses the global intelligence of Kaspersky Lab’s Urgent Detection System to categorize spam according to reputation, meaning variants of previously-identified spam attacks are automatically blocked without the need for analyst review.        
  • New AV Engine – Provides better anti-malware detection with reduced impact on system resources. In addition, it now includes an updatable heuristic analyzer to better combat new and unknown threats.

Compatibility and Availability
Kaspersky Linux Mail Security works as an anti-spam/anti-malware solution in conjunction with widely adopted Linux-based mail servers, including Postfix, Qmail, Sendmail, Communigate Pro and Exim. The new solution from Kaspersky Lab is also compatible with the AMaViS software bridge between a mail server and the anti-spam solution, which further expands compatibility with messaging platforms.

Other new features include support for IPv6, rich traffic management rules and the potential for integration with Active Directory and OpenLDAP. The automatic notification system and support for integration with third-party monitoring software keeps administrators informed about the security status of the mail system at all times.

Kaspersky Linux Mail Security is available now for Kaspersky Lab’s corporate clients as part of Kaspersky Security for Mail Server. This package also includes other mail security solutions from Kaspersky Lab, with a single price for platforms such as Linux, Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino. Kaspersky Linux Mail Security will replace the previous generation of solutions for Linux mail servers, including Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Linux Mail Server, Kaspersky Anti-Spam and Kaspersky Mail Gateway.

To learn more, visit Kaspersky Lab’s North American website, or contact an authorized Kaspersky Lab partner.

Quote:
Petr Merkulov, Chief Product Officer
Kaspersky Lab

“Kaspersky Linux Mail Security one of the most advanced corporate email protection solutions, which can be deployed on the existing mail server and managed with ease. This addition to our family of mail server protection solutions introduces a number of extremely efficient technologies designed to fight spam and malicious attachments, and is capable of stopping targeted attacks before they cause any damage. These technologies, which are Kaspersky Lab’s key differentiators in the field, will soon be introduced in other Kaspersky corporate solutions as well.”

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its 15-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for consumers, SMBs and Enterprises. The company currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

*The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2010. The rating was published in the IDC report Worldwide IT Security Products 2011-2015 Forecast and 2010 Vendor Shares – December 2011. The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2010.

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[1] Virus Bulletin Anti-Spam Comparative Review, July 2012 - http://www.kaspersky.com/downloads/pdf/kaspersky_linux_mail_security_vbspam_2012_test.pdf