Kaspersky Lab patents technology to combat malware

Kaspersky Lab announces the successful patenting of information security technology in the US. The technology in question effectively detects and deletes malicious software and removes any trace of its effects by running automatically generated scripts.

Today’s computers are exposed to a growing number of increasingly complex and rapidly changing malicious programs. Greater emphasis is now being placed on automatic protection methods that ensure fast data processing and prompt responses to threats. However, such technologies often generate false positives or suffer from low levels of new threat detection.

The recently patented technology from Kaspersky Lab is a combination of existing and newly developed methods to combat malicious software. Its automated methods are effective at processing large volumes of data. Moreover, processing and storing large volumes of information is advantageous in that it helps optimize and train the protection system, while security experts have the option of adjusting and fine-tuning the protection system as it operates.

This combination produces a synergy effect that saves resources and provides a high level of malware detection. Use of empirical data and the system’s learning capabilities enables a gradual specialization and perfection of its functions.

The cutting-edge technology was invented by Oleg Zaytsev, a senior technical specialist at Kaspersky Lab. The patent for the new technology and its implementation was registered as No. 7 540 030 by the US Patent Bureau on 26 May, 2009.

The patented system automatically aggregates statistics on programs and their activities. Information is collected from event logs, system scan results and user records about quarantined files. The data are used to identify malware, automatically generate scripts to remove detected threats and carry out an in-depth analysis of the system.

The scripts generated by the system can be improved by computer security specialists, which may be beneficial in cases where the system does not have sufficient knowledge to develop and take decisions in complex situations. This allows subsequent problems of a similar nature to be resolved automatically. In other words, as the amount of statistical data collected increases with time, the system operates more effectively.

Kaspersky Lab currently has more than 30 patent applications pending in the US and Russia related to a range of innovative technologies developed by company personnel.

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