May 31, 2017

Kaspersky Lab’s Free Anti-Ransomware Tool Achieves Top Marks in Independent Tests

All Businesses Can Safeguard Against WannaCry Style Attacks with Kaspersky Lab’s Anti-Ransomware Tools for Business

Woburn, MA, May, 31, 2017Kaspersky Lab announces today that security research company, MRG Effitas, has found that Kaspersky Lab’s free solution, Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business, has achieved “100 percent protection” in all its tests, and has been awarded with a certified ransomware protection badge.

The testing involved the simulation of several delivery and infection methods using fresh samples selected from 13 crypto-ransomware and screenlocker families found in the wild, when all previous lines of defence have fallen. The results show that free, advanced protection is available to all businesses worried about WannaCry style attacks.

Businesses of all sizes have been forced to sit up and take notice as the WannaCry ransomware struck across the globe earlier this month. This virulent new strain of malware has hit hundreds of thousands of organizations by exploiting critical vulnerability in IT systems in over 150 countries. With businesses weighing up what can be done to protect their systems, independent testing by MRG Effitas shows that help is at hand for all companies, regardless of their IT security budget.

Launched in 2016, Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business is suitable for businesses that do not use Kaspersky Lab’s solutions, or for those whose protection is not effective at blocking ransomware. It is a complimentary tool that is compatible with third-party security products and it is easy to install and does not require deep technical knowledge to configure and manage.

“With proven effective protection available for free, Kaspersky Lab hopes that more companies can take the steps they need to safeguard IT systems from ransomware in the wake of the WannaCry attacks, which has become the largest ransomware infection in history,” said Vladimir Zapolyansky, head of the SMB business, Kaspersky Lab. “We are dedicated to making its effective protection available to everyone, and the MRG Effitas certification is a testament to the robust nature of our products.”

Ransomware is not the only security problem organizations are up against. SMBs (small and medium sized businesses) are vulnerable in particular, because they generally have few or no dedicated security personnel. In addition, because they have a strong focus on business growth, they tend to pay limited attention to IT, making it hard for them to protect themselves from various threats. While the Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business helps address the ransomware challenge, SMBs still can fall victim to various other attack vectors, and require multilayered security technologies to protect their financial operations and maintain the confidentiality of their customers’ information.

As part of the tests, Kaspersky Endpoint Security and Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud were also found to have protected every file in all ransomware test cases, each product also earning the MRG Effitas certified ransomware protection badge.

More information on the MRG Effitas report ‘Comparative Efficiency Assessment of Enterprise Security Suites against In-the-wild Ransomware’ is available on Kaspersky Lab’s website.

Kaspersky Lab in Independent Tests

Each year products by Kaspersky Lab, along with other vendors are tested in a number of independent benchmarks and comparative reviews. We are proud that our products demonstrated the best results in 2016, achieving the highest percentage of top three places: 90%. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com/top3.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is one of the world’s fastest-growing cybersecurity companies and the largest that is privately-owned. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users (IDC, 2014). Since 1997 Kaspersky Lab has been an innovator in cybersecurity and provides effective digital security solutions and threat intelligence for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab is an international company, operating in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 400 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

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