Kaspersky Lab partners with AfricaSD in Sub-Sahara African distribution

19 May 2006
Business News

Local eSecurity expert teams up With Russian antivirus specialist to offer South African organizations best-of-breed protection

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, and leading South African e-security expert, AfricaSD, have teamed up to offer southern African organizations the very best in Internet security. Kaspersky Lab is recognized as one of the top developers of advanced antivirus solutions that protect every tier of a network, including mobile devices.

“In many respects, it was an obvious choice for us to make,” explains Hennie Moolman, Managing Director of Centurion-based AfricaSD. “Kaspersky Lab is acknowledged as a market leader in Internet security and AfricaSD is known for delivering quality and performance without compromise. Our shared core values and similar reputations make it an ideal partnership.”

“AfricaSD is very well known in Southern Africa for their competence and focus on IT Security“, comments Maxim Shirokov, Kaspersky Lab’s Business Development Manager for Middle East & Africa. “That’s why the combination of their top-notch expertise complemented with our leading-edge products adds real value for our customers and reseller partners in the region”.

Internet users worldwide choose Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus, anti-hacker, antispam, and anti-spyware products for their exceptional detection rates. Analysis of response times to new threats conducted by Andreas Marx from the Institute of Technical and Business Information Systems at the University of Magdeburg in Germany showed Kaspersky Lab as the global leader with antivirus database updates released within as little as 30 minutes.

“Kaspersky Lab is also known for its proactive detection of unknown threats,” asserts Moolman. “A great example of Kaspersky Anti-Virus’s unique heuristic algorithms, emulation, behavior blocking and generic detection techniques combining to identify previously unknown viruses was the successful repulsion of the modified MyDoom worm without any additional virus updates needing to be released.”

Moolman suggests that this blend of rapid response times and proactive detection is responsible for Kaspersky Lab’s popularity among hardware vendors and the company’s network of more than 70 OEM partners across the globe. “You know you can trust an antivirus engine when it is already being integrated into so many security appliances by the manufacturers,” argues Moolman. “The fact that it has been incorporated into workstations, mail servers, firewalls and Internet gateways by established, reputable companies tells you a lot.”

AfricaSD also chose Kaspersky Lab because of its pioneering work in protecting mobile devices. “Enterprises are having to become increasingly ‘virtual’ to support their mobile workforces,” explains Moolman. “Employees need anywhere, anytime access to email and other critical business applications and are increasingly using PDAs and smartphones to connect to networks. The down side to this convenience is that these devices are becoming just as vulnerable to virus infections and data theft as PCs and laptops. Since AfricaSD is known for staying ahead of the e-security curve it was important that we choose an antivirus partner who addresses this growing threat.”

Further information about Kaspersky Lab’s products can be obtained from the AfricaSD website at http://www.africasd.com/products/antivirus/kaspersky.html.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab (www.kaspersky.com) develops, produces and distributes secure content management solutions that protect customers from IT threats. Kaspersky Lab's products protect both home users and corporate networks from viruses, spyware, adware, Trojans, worms, hackers and spam. For many years now, the company has waged a battle against malicious programs, and in doing so has gained unique knowledge and skills that have resulted in Kaspersky Lab becoming a technology leader and acknowledged expert in the development of secure content management solutions. 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 AfricaSD

AfricaSD provides organisations with total e-security solutions. Operating throughout the sub-Saharan region, AfricaSD offers customers and reseller partners the very best security awareness, forums, consulting, and security training certifications. AfricaSD focuses on forming long-lasting partnerships with its clients, from initial assessment, to implementation and ongoing support. AfricaSD works side-by-side with its clients throughout the entire technology life cycle and is proud of its large customer base, which includes IBM, Anglo Gold, the SA Mint, Shoprite Checkers, and several South African government departments. True 24 x 7 x 365 support is available on all AfricaSD security solutions. The firm’s technical staff are fully certified and trained on the entire product range and offer a combination of one-to-one help and a wealth of technological resources. For further information, visit the company’s website www.africasd.com or contact them on +27 12 665-2513.