Kaspersky Lab Supports Trusted Network Connect (TNC)

25 Sep 2006
Business News

Further Cooperation of Antivirus/Anti-Spyware with Juniper Networks to Deliver Best-In-Class Threat Prevention

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, announces today that they are joining the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) to support the Trusted Network Connect (TNC) open standards, a set of non-proprietary specifications that enables the application and enforcement of security requirements for endpoint devices connecting to a network. By supporting TNC, this allows Kaspersky Lab to work with leading network security vendors, such as Juniper Networks, in a standards-based fashion. Kaspersky Lab's virus and spyware protection combined with Juniper Networks’ line of firewall/IPsec virtual private network (VPN) security appliances and Unified Access Control solutions would enable enterprises to easily leverage these best-in-class technologies in a new open format to better protect their networks.

“Kaspersky Lab's expertise with secure content management is an important addition to the Trusted Network Connect effort,” said Steve Hanna, co-chair of the Trusted Network Connect Sub Group in the Trusted Computing Group and a distinguished engineer at Juniper Networks, Inc. “Their support strengthens and reinforces the TNC’s open standards approach to Network Access Control. This is a network effect where every new TNC participant causes a greater increase in the value of the TNC architecture and specifications.”

“Kaspersky Lab is pleased to join TCG and support this important initiative. It’s a business necessity to utilize a comprehensive approach for customers to control network security. The combination of our protection against viruses, trojans, spyware and other Internet attacks with leading network security appliances, like the Juniper products, leads to a robust solution for complete infrastructure security,” said Steve Orenberg, president of Kaspersky Lab, Inc.

Kaspersky Lab is known internationally for the speed of its response to new threats, along with hourly antivirus and anti-spyware updates and the globally recognized accuracy of its malware detection.

About the TNC Architecture

The TNC architecture provides a common framework for the collection and exchange of endpoint integrity data in heterogeneous networking environments. Products based on the architecture enable clients trying to connect to a network to be evaluated against a set of policies and pre-determined platform configurations established by their organization’s IT department. Clients not meeting predetermined policies, such as those for patch levels, anti-virus software or operating system configuration, can be quarantined for remediation.

TNC is based on the twin concepts of integrity and identity. Integrity is used in this case to describe the desired state of an endpoint’s “health” or configuration, as defined by IT policies. For example, a system can be checked to ensure it adheres to pre-determined policies and is not engaged in unusual or malicious behavior.

Identity ensures that systems are authenticated for authorized users only. Clients with the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), a piece of silicon based on TCG specifications and offering secure storage of passwords, certificates and digital keys, offer additional security in that IT can put into place policies to determine platform integrity and user identity. When systems with the TPM are used, TNC also can be enabled to provide a trusted boot mechanism that uniquely helps thwart root kits, stealthy infections that are otherwise almost impossible to detect, and similar attacks. A mix of systems with and without TPMs can be used with TNC products and services. The TNC architecture supports a variety of network topologies, including VPNs and dial-up remote access, wireless networks, 802.1x infrastructures, and LAN environments.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab delivers the industry’s most immediate protection against Internet-born viruses and threats. Kaspersky is unmatched in the speed that it detects and disarms even the most sophisticated new attacks. Kaspersky offers complete security protection both corporate networks and home users with advanced antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, anti-crimeware and firewall capabilities, supported by rapid response and automated hourly updates from its world renowned Internet security lab. Today, Kaspersky Lab's products protect more than 200 million users worldwide and its technology is licensed by leading security vendors globally. To find out more about Kaspersky Lab, visit www.kaspersky.com.

About TCG

The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) is a not-for-profit organization formed to develop, define, and promote open standards for hardware-enabled trusted computing and security technologies, including hardware building blocks and software interfaces, across multiple platforms, peripherals, and devices. TCG specifications will enable more secure computing environments without compromising functional integrity, privacy, or individual rights. The primary goal is to help users protect their information assets (data, passwords, keys, etc.) from compromise due to external software attack and physical theft.

More information and the organization’s specifications are available at the Trusted Computing Group’s website, www.trustedcomputinggroup.org.

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