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Woburn, MA – August 9, 2013 - Kaspersky Lab announced today that Kaspersky Internet Security 2013, took first place in the AV Comparatives’ spring 2013 Whole Product Dynamic Real-World Protection test. In the test that took place from March-June 2013, the security solution for home users received the highest Advanced Plus, three-star award for its protection capabilities.
Kaspersky Lab’s solution blocked 99.9 percent of all threats unleashed during testing. The spring 2013 test used 1,972 different threats and Kaspersky Internet Security blocked all but two of them. At the same time, the solution returned only one false positive, compared to an average of eight among its competitors.
The AV Comparatives’ testing was designed to analyze how effectively security solutions could detect and block ‘In the Wild’ threats. AV-Comparatives experts only used malware samples that were found in real-world Internet malware attacks from March to June 2013.The testing was conducted on computers running under Windows 7 with popular applications installed such as Adobe Reader, Flash, Flash Player ActiveX, Apple QuickTime, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Office, NET Framework, Mozilla Firefox, Oracle Java, and VideoLAN VLC Media Player.
Oleg Ishanov, Director, Anti-Malware Research
“The nature of the IT security industry, unlike many other related areas of software development, makes it impossible to rest on the laurels of one good product and release only sporadic updates. A top-quality security solution demands constant work to improving malware-detection technologies. This ultimately results in the consistently high level of protection which our product provides. Long-term tests, such as the test by AV-Comparatives, are very useful as they clearly demonstrate the quality level of such solutions.”
AV-Comparatives is one of the most authoritative international testing organizations. The methodology used by its experts to test security products is commonly recognized and has repeatedly received high awards from IT security experts. To find more information on AV-Comparatives testing results, please visit the organization’s website.
To learn more about Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Lab technologies designed to combat cyberthreats, see the company's website at http://www.kaspersky.com/.
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 15-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.
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*Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Peter Firstbrook, John Girard, Neil MacDonald, January 2, 2013.
* *The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2011. The rating was published in the IDC report "Worldwide Endpoint Security 2012–2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares (IDC #235930, July 2012). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2011.
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