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Free Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool now protects businesses from pornware and other cyberthreats

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Kaspersky Lab has released the next generation of its free Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business. The new version protects businesses from pornware, cryptocurrency miners, and adware, riskware — in addition to malware and ransomware detection. The protection now covers not only desktops but also servers running various Windows Server versions to ensure the comprehensive integrity of corporate data.

While ransomware has been a real menace to businesses for the past few years, other threats may pose danger to organizations as well. Even porn-related cyberthreats that might seem irrelevant for businesses could be an unpleasant surprise: one poor decision from just one staff member, such as accessing a potentially malicious website, can compromise an entire corporate network. In fact, recent research from Kaspersky Lab highlights how almost one-in-ten (8%) employees have downloaded online porn-related malware using corporate network.

The tool has been updated to help organizations remain protected from this threat – insecure adult content. Cybercriminals have increasingly used online pornography as a vessel for delivering malware onto both consumer and corporate devices. In 2018 alone, Kaspersky Lab discovered 642 different families of PC malware disguised through pornography. But malware may also be distributed through phishing emails or compromised websites that however meet corporate content policies and conditions.

In order to ensure protection from these risks, customers will now be able to benefit from the cutting edge endpoint protection technologies from Kaspersky Lab, which cover wider range of platforms and protect from cyberthreats beyond ransomware, including pornware and other porn-related cyberthreats.

Anti-ransomware capabilities have also been extended, as the tool now prevents remote encryption attempts on files stored in shared corporate folders. Even if a cryptor infiltrates a corporate machine and tries to encrypt a shared folder on a corporate server, the tool detects the encryption process and blocks access to the folder on the compromised machine, keeping files safe.

“Ransomware continues to be an effective attack for cybercriminals but other cyberthreats like adware, pornware and cryptominers can be just as dangerous. Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business is a free tool that helps businesses avoid various types of infections, beyond ransomware and the potential of being a victim of cryptocurrency mining. As cyberthreats continue evolving, security solutions should do that too. This tool has a low footprint and can be used along with other products, no matter what vendor they come from,” says Sergey Martsynkyan, Head of B2B Product Marketing, Kaspersky Lab.

The tool works alongside third-party cybersecurity products to ensure businesses can improve their overall protection with their current solution.