Kaspersky Lab has launched Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business – a free software that offers complementary security to protect corporate users from ransomware.
To identify ransomware behavior patterns and protect Windows-based endpoints, Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business leverages two groundbreaking technologies: Kaspersky Security Network and System Watcher. System Watcher’s unique capabilities include the possibility to block and roll-back harmful changes.
Malicious programs such as ransomware, that infect computers and encrypt critical corporate data, present a serious problem, especially for small businesses. According to Kaspersky Lab’s IT Security Risks 2016 survey, nearly 42% of SMBs fell victim to ransomware in the last 12 months. 34% of these paid the ransom and one in five weren’t able to recover their data, even after the demands of cybercriminals were met. Kaspersky Lab research, based on Kaspersky Security Network statistics, also shows a huge surge in ransomware attacks on businesses: almost six-fold growth (from 27 thousand in 2014-2015 to 158.6 thousand in 2015-2016).
While businesses are encouraged to utilize many additional protection technologies and approaches to achieve efficient security, Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business provides complementary security to those companies that do not have advanced Kaspersky Lab security solutions. Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for business is a fast, lightweight solution, able to solve one of the greatest security pain points that leads to financial losses for SMBs – ransomware, and in particular, its most dangerous form – Cryptomalware. Cryptomalware activity results in unrecoverable encryption of valuable business documents and forces businesses to pay a ransom to attackers to get their data back. To address this problem and protect Windows-based endpoints, Kaspersky Lab Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business combines two core technologies:
• Kaspersky Security Network, a cloud-based service dedicated to processing depersonalized cybersecurity-related data streams from millions of voluntary participants all over the world. With Kaspersky Security Network, delivery of Kaspersky Lab security intelligence happens in a matter of seconds, ensuring fast reaction times and maintaining high levels of protection.
• System Watcher is an advanced proactive security technology that scans all important system events, including the creation and modification of operating system files and configurations, program execution and data exchange over the network. Events are recorded and analyzed, and if there is evidence that a program is performing malicious operations, those actions can be blocked and reversed, preventing further infection.
“In 2015 Kaspersky Lab’s solutions protected 443,920 users and corporate customers worldwide from crypto-ransomware, depriving cybercriminals of nearly $ 53 mln in illegal earnings. in illegal earnings. Our experts are monitoring the rising problem of cryptomalware and have developed this simple tool, available free of charge, to help combat the increasing threat of ransomware to business-critical assets,” said Konstantin Voronkov, Head of Endpoint Product Management, Kaspersky Lab.