August 9, 2016

Kaspersky Lab Offers Free Anti-Ransomware Tool For Businesses

The tool is a fast, lightweight solution built to solve one of the greatest security pain points that can lead to devastating financial losses for SMBs.

Woburn, MA – August 9, 2016 –

Kaspersky Lab today launched the beta version of Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business - free software that offers complementary security in order to protect corporate users from ransomware. The new software provides businesses with a single layer of security to protect Windows-based endpoints for those Small and Medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that do not have specialized Kaspersky Lab security solutions.

Malicious programs, such as ransomware - in its most dangerous form being Cryptomalware - can infect computers and encrypt critical corporate data, forcing businesses to pay a ransom to get their data back. This is a very serious and real problem for businesses today. According to a recent Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) ransomware report, ransomware attacks on corporate users have increased almost six-fold from 27,000 in 2014-2015 to 158,600 in 2015-2016.

While businesses are encouraged to utilize many additional protection technologies and approaches to achieve efficient security, Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business is a fast, lightweight solution, built to solve one of the greatest security pain points that can lead to devastating financial losses for SMBs.

To identify ransomware behavior patterns and protect Windows-based endpoints, Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business combines two technologies from its core business solutions:

  • Kaspersky Security Network is a cloud-based knowledge service that connects millions of Kaspersky Lab customers to promptly identify new and unknown threats. With Kaspersky Security Network, delivery of Kaspersky Lab security intelligence happens in a matter of seconds, ensuring the fastest reaction times and maintaining the highest levels of protection.

  • The System Watcher is an advanced proactive security technology that scans all important system events, including the creation and modification of operating system files and configurations, program execution and data exchange over the network. Events are recorded and analyzed, and if there is evidence that a program is performing malicious operations, those actions can be blocked and reversed, preventing further infection.

“In 2015 Kaspersky Lab’s solutions protected 443,920 users and corporate customers worldwide from crypto-ransomware, depriving cybercriminals of nearly $53M in illegal earnings,” said Konstantin Voronkov, Head of Endpoint Product Management, Kaspersky Lab. “Our experts are monitoring the rising problem of cryptomalware and have developed this simple tool, available free of charge, to help combat the increasing threat of ransomware to business-critical assets. Small and medium sized companies do not usually have the profound security expertise required to evaluate or compare dozens of security tools on the market. Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business is compatible with third-party security solutions, and is a complementary measure against ransomware. We decided to distribute it free of charge to give companies the opportunity to evaluate the power of Kaspersky Lab technologies.”

The free Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business is compatible with the third-party protection solutions installed on PCs and can serve as second opinion software for the most advanced crypto-ransomware protection. To download Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business, please visit: https://go.kaspersky.com/Anti-ransomware-tool.html.

If an organization has had its data locked, it is worth checking whether it is possible to recover it by visiting the new online portal, No More Ransom. The No More Ransom project provides users with several decryption tools to help recover files that have been locked by some types of ransomware, without having to pay to cybercriminals.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Kaspersky Lab’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky Lab technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

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