April 1, 2009

Kaspersky Lab Announces Support for Microsoft Forefront ‘Stirling’

Kaspersky Lab Announces Support for Microsoft Forefront ‘Stirling’

Moscow, Russia - April 16, 2009 - Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, announces that its antivirus solutions will support Microsoft Forefront codename "Stirling."

Currently in public beta, Forefront "Stirling" is an integrated security suite that delivers comprehensive protection across endpoints, application servers and edge solutions with a central management console for easy administration and enterprise-wide multi product visibility.   Forefront "Stirling" enables software, hardware, and services vendors to share and use security event information across the "Stirling" environment and the broader partner ecosystem. As a result, partners can enhance the effectiveness of their security technologies and better protect customer IT environments.

Kaspersky Lab announces that future versions of Kaspersky Antivirus for Lotus Domino will detect anomalous behavior and provide security assessments based on settings established by a system administrator in Microsoft Forefront codename "Stirling" Beta 2.  This usage scenario will enable the administrator to be proactively notified of potentially dangerous threats, and flag corrective actions that should be taken to eliminate the spread of potentially malicious code.  Key areas of potential interaction between Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Lotus Notes/Domino and Forefront "Stirling" were also taken into consideration by Microsoft.  The ability to tightly integrate previously disparate security systems will greatly enhance the security posture of organizations deploying the combined solution.

"There's a huge emphasis on the development of innovative technology at Kaspersky Lab. Our cutting-edge technologies are currently used by over 80 IT vendors worldwide, and we are particularly pleased to see such a respected name as Microsoft among those companies. It goes without saying that we intend to continue our innovative research and maintain our position as technological leader of the antivirus industry," says Petr Merkulov, Vice President, ISV & IHV Alliances, Kaspersky Lab.

The latest Kaspersky Lab technology, in particular the new antivirus engine that was first introduced in Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009, is used in the server components of Microsoft Forefront products to provide protection for corporate email and Web traffic. Embedded technology ensures the immediate detection and blocking of all types of malware, spam and unwanted content in incoming email messages and traffic from other Internet channels.

"Microsoft is pleased to work with Kaspersky to develop interoperability between Forefront ‘Stirling' and their solutions, in order to give our customers more comprehensive and responsive security across the enterprise," said John Chirapurath, director in the identity and security business group at Microsoft Corp. "Microsoft is committed to collaborating with top industry vendors and providing solutions that help organizations more effectively achieve their business goals. We call this ‘business-ready security.'"

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab delivers the world's most immediate protection against IT security threats, including viruses, spyware, crimeware, hackers, phishing, and spam. Kaspersky Lab products provide superior detection rates and the industry's fastest outbreak response time for home users, SMBs, large enterprises and the mobile computing environment. Kaspersky® technology is used worldwide inside the products and services of the industry's leading IT security solution providers. Learn more at https://mbx.avp.ru/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.kaspersky.com/. For the latest on antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and other IT security issues and trends, visit http://www.viruslist.com/.


Contact Information:

Greg Sabey              

Kaspersky Lab, Americas                     
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