Integrated protection for personal computers now in beta testing

10 Jun
Product News

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, invites interested parties to participate in the open beta testing of Kaspersky Internet Security 2006. This new generation of protection is designed for personal computers using new information security technologies.

The beta version of Kaspersky Internet Security 2006 will be the foundation for a new generation of applications providing integrated protection for personal computers and workstations. It combines proven technologies used in Kaspersky Lab 5.0 products with the latest technological developments to ensure that data is secure against all cyber threats.

The beta version offers users a wide range of benefits, including a completely new interface based on user feedback. Antivirus scanning is now faster, and the antivirus protection has been enhanced by integrated technologies which ensure proactive protection even against the very latest malicious programs, while eliminating the need to update antivirus databases. Protection against hacker attacks is more effective thanks to the use of an updateable database providing information on network attacks. The list of predefined rules has also been extended. The anti-spam component incorporates algorithms for self-modifying rules, making updateable spam filtration databases unnecessary.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2006 beta version utilizes the very latest antivirus technologies in conjunction with tried and tested methods — monitoring all possible infection vectors such as file operations, data storage locations, email and Internet connections. These are complemented by cutting edge technologies which detect malicious programs which have not yet been included in antivirus databases. This proactive protection identifies malicious programs according to behaviour, and has an extremely low rate of false positives. It is also possible to reverse the effects of malicious code on the file system and the system registry. The updating of antivirus databases has also been modernized to ensure optimal data security.

The personal firewall is a key component, and monitors all data exchanged between the computer and the Internet, blocking all unsanctioned attempts to access data. The firewall in Kaspersky Internet Security 2006 uses extended databases to protect against a wider range of attacks, and these databases are regularly updated. Other benefits include an extended set of application rules, a user tutorial, and the ever popular 'stealth function', which renders the user's computer invisible to other Internet users.

The technology prototype incorporates new anti-spam protection, which offers three predefined levels of protection. Multi-level analysis of mail traffic keeps mail boxes free of unsolicited correspondence. Filtration is effected using self-modifying algorithms for analysing the contents of email messages. The use of these applications means it is no longer necessary to update spam filtration databases — the databases containing spam and non-spam samples provide all the information needed.

The collection and presentation of data has also been optimized. Kaspersky Internet Security 2006 incorporates a system which collects and displays statistics on the performance of all program components. This enables users to monitor the current level of protection. Users can also automatically contact Kaspersky Lab technical support via the product interface if problems arise. Comprehensive help in question and answer form is also integrated into the product.

You can find out more about the terms and conditions of the beta testing program by clicking here. The most active participants will be given a free copy of the solution on its commercial release.