Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 demonstrates excellent results in the Matousec Proactive Security Challenge

01 Apr 2010
Product news

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, announces that Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 has passed the updated Matousec Proactive Security Challenge with flying colors. The Kaspersky Lab solution not only won the award but also received a glowing recommendation from the experts at Matousec for the 'very good' level of protection that it offers to users.

The Proactive Security Challenge is an initiative by the independent Czech research group Matousec. It consists of a series of multilevel tests that vary in their technological complexity. Matousec assesses each product against a number of criteria, including how well they prevent the interception of user data, how well they plug leakage to remote Internet servers, their ability to prevent deletion from autorun and other changes to files and processes (self-protection), whether they block malicious system commands, the stability of the product, and so on.

A number of integrated and standalone solutions from the industry's big-name vendors were put to the test, including Internet security solutions, personal firewalls, intrusion prevention systems (HIPS) and behavior blockers. The security levels of each product were cranked up to their maximum and installed on a platform running under Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 with Internet Explorer 8.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 flew through all 10 levels of the Matousec Proactive Security Challenge, receiving a score of 86% and earning itself the accolade 'very good'. Only one other solution demonstrated such an exceptional performance, while many of the products fared badly and failed to receive a recommendation. Importantly, Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 achieved the best results by far in the Internet Security Solutions class, leaving the competitions' products in the shade.

"The Matousec tests evaluate how well antivirus solutions combat attacks carried out by the latest malicious programs. The fact that the Proactive Security Challenge addresses a variety of attack vectors deep in the system and doesn't just pass millions of known malicious programs through the virus scanner is very important," said Kaspersky Lab CTO Nikolay Grebennikov. “This time around, the specialists at Matousec added 64 new tests that further checked the security of files and the registry, as well as the level of protection against the unauthorized addition of programs to autorun. It's nice to see that under such complex test conditions, Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 achieved a level of 10+ and received a 'very good' rating. That just goes to show that the HIPS and firewall components in our products are highly effective – something that is very important for the user."

More details about the Matousec Proactive Security Challenge can be found at: http://www.matousec.com/projects/proactive-security-challenge/results.php.