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Woburn, MA – October 7, 2013 - Kaspersky Systems Management secured first place in the recent Patch Management Solutions Test conducted by the independent laboratory, AV-TEST. The test, intended for specialist update administration software, assessed solutions on how effectively they eliminated vulnerabilities and maintained security.
Vulnerabilities in applications pose a threat to businesses as they may be used to bypass a computer’s antivirus protection and infect the entire corporate network. In 2012, Kaspersky Lab found that more than 11 million users had at least one vulnerable application on their computers. More than 800 new and already known vulnerabilities were found in legitimate applications such as Adobe Reader, Flash, Oracle Java, etc. This clearly demonstrates that high-quality software management systems are every bit as important as solutions that protect against malicious attacks.
Kaspersky Systems Management was the undisputed leader, demonstrating the best results at every stage of the test. The Kaspersky Lab solution, including Kaspersky Security Center, supported more applications than its rivals, detected 98% of the outdated software that was supported, successfully installed every update and blocked all add-ons.
Four products from different vendors were assessed on several factors: the number of applications the solutions supported, how effectively updates for the supported applications were detected, and reaction time between the release of a patch and its availability via the management solution. The latter is particularly important as vendor software updates often patch vulnerabilities that can be exploited by intruders.
AV-Test also assessed how well the solutions disabled integrated tools that automatically update third-party software. The testing company compared a number of other functions available for each solution, including how well the solutions blocked the installation of add-ons that often accompany updates and can pose a threat to the security of the computer.
Nikolay Grebennikov, CTO
“Timely updates of software on workstations, along with the use of protection solutions, are crucial to a high level of security for any company’s IT infrastructure. We provide reliable protection against all kinds of cyber-threats and offer IT specialists effective tools to administer corporate software. Tests by independent labs such as AV-TEST demonstrate just how well we have developed our technologies."
The full report on the test is available here.
Kaspersky Systems Management is available as part of the Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business platform or as a stand-alone targeted solution.
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.
* 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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