Kaspersky Lab Patents Technology that Detects Potentially Malicious Files
Woburn, MA – June 26, 2014 - The United States Patent and
Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted patent 8739287 to Kaspersky Lab for a technology that detects threats
in corporate IT infrastructure without compromising confidential information.
all threats can be detected using locally installed solutions – some of them
require more extensive analysis. To do this, suspicious files are delivered to
a special infrastructure operated by the security vendor. This infrastructure
has more resources to carry out comprehensive analysis in isolated conditions.
However, most companies use their IT infrastructure to store confidential data.
Often, it is strictly prohibited to share this information with third parties,
either by corporate rules or regulatory requirements. This means that storage
space for confidential files is often vulnerable, especially to sophisticated threats
–like malware with rootkit functions – that cannot be detected on the client
side. Kaspersky Lab has developed a new technology that allows corporate
network administrators to sift through the content sent for analysis and
prevent potentially infected confidential data from leaking.
technology works by integrating the security solution’s components into the
corporate IT infrastructure and collecting metadata – information that makes it
possible to investigate the characteristics of the data without directly accessing
the data itself. This metadata is transferred to an external server for
analysis. If that analysis requires further information, the server requests
the objects it needs from the corporate infrastructure. Admins can examine this
list, determine which items can be freely shared and approve the transmission.
Once it gets the information requested, the server completes its analysis in
autonomous mode. If any malware is detected, it will send a notification and,
if possible, the tools to fix the problem.
working with sensitive data become hostages of their privacy – by protecting
valuable information from disclosure they expose it to other dangers. But
malware infects all files regardless of whether it’s secret or non-secret. It
is usually safe to transmit at least part of the infected files for
verification, and that enables Kaspersky Lab’s technology to detect the threat
and find an appropriate solution without having to access confidential
resources,” said Alexey Polyakov, Head of the
Global Emergency Response Team at Kaspersky Lab and one of the authors
of the patented technology.
technology is already integrated into Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8.0 for
Windows and Kaspersky Endpoint Data Protection Edition (Endpoint 10).
Kaspersky Lab continues
to obtain more and more patents for its cutting-edge digital security
technologies. At present, Kaspersky Lab’s portfolio includes 213 patents issued
in Russia, the US, the EU and China. In addition to that, 217 patent
applications are currently under consideration by the patent authorities in
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 more than 16-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an
innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for
large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company
registered in the United Kingdom, 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, 2012.
The rating was published in the IDC report "Worldwide Endpoint Security
2013–2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares (IDC #242618, August 2013). The
report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint
security solutions in 2012.
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