Kaspersky Lab heeds advanced users to block new threats more effectively

16 Aug 2012
Virus News

Kaspersky Lab has patented two new technologies that offer more effective user protection against a full range of cyber threats. The new patents include descriptions of a method for the dynamic compilation of an antivirus database that meets user needs, as well as a decision-making system to assign an appropriate threat level to various applications, based on user assessments.

In Russia, Kaspersky Lab has registered Patent No. 2449360 which describes the system and method used to compile an antivirus database matching a personal computer’s parameters. This method, developed by Andrey Dukhvalov, makes it possible to reduce the size of an antivirus database by streamlining it for a specific user based on a set of parameters. For example, data about a user’s location may be used to put together a range of threats that are active in that region. Antivirus databases are compiled dynamically and take into account all information obtained from the user, which in turn enables it to effectively protect the user’s computer against the most relevant threats without any detriment to computer performance.

A second patent — No. 8209758 — was registered in the US and describes a system and method for classifying a user’s antivirus software based on their computer security experience. Information from experienced users will help boost the efficiency of the Kaspersky Security Network’s cloud system, where data about new threats is made available not only by the company to its clients, but vice versa as well.

User experience is evaluated based on a combination of parameters, some of which include the frequency of antivirus software threat detections, the uniqueness of the threats that are detected, the number of threats that are detected and blocked, for example, after an antivirus solution is installed. This technology also assesses the extent to which users customize the antivirus software themselves, whether or not they use default security settings, and so on.

If the antivirus solution determines that a certain program is suspicious and requests the user’s decision, a verdict on his experience level will be transferred to the cloud system together with data about the user’s decision. In this manner, the decisions made by experienced users will carry more weight than the decisions made by less experienced users, which will help boost the overall effectiveness of the security system.

Presently, Kaspersky Lab holds over 110 advanced technology patents in Russia, the US, Europe, and China. Patent authorities in various countries are also currently considering over 160 patent applications filed by the company.

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