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TOP SELLING ANTI-VIRUS SOLUTIONS LET IN 80% OF NEW MALICIOUS CODE, WHILE KASPERSKY ANTI-VIRUS KEEPS OUT 90%, ACCORDING TO AUSCERT TESTS*

New sales awards for Wick Hill from Kaspersky show there is still growth for some suppliers in the anti-virus market

Release from Wick Hill, Woking, Surrey: 16th August 06 - Top selling anti-virus solutions let in 80% of new malicious code, while Russian vendor Kaspersky keeps out 90%, according to Australia’s Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT).*

Graham Ingram, the general manager of AusCERT, made it clear, however, that the reason for the top selling solutions letting in so much new malware was nothing to do with the quality of the products, but was because malware authors were specifically testing their trojans and viruses to make sure they could bypass these popular solutions before releasing them in the wild. Ingram specifically named Kasperksy as one solution which actually kept out 90% of new malicious code in the same tests.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, the major Kaspersky distributor in the UK and Germany, commented: “For companies committed to using different anti-virus engines at the gateway and on the desktop, to maximise their protection, Kasperky’s high block rate makes it a prime choice. Kaspersky’s consistently good results in testing have been a major factor behind the spectacular sales growth that we have achieved with them in Germany and the UK.”

New sales awards for Wick Hill show the benefits of partnering with Kasperksy

Leading Kasperksy distributor Wick Hill has won two international awards for sales from Kaspersky Lab at Kaspersky’s Internal Partner Conference held recently in Athens.

The first award, picked up by Wick Hill for UK sales, was for the fastest growth in distribution during 2005, with Wick Hill being the only UK partner to pick up an award at the conference. Wick Hill beat off other distributors in Europe to win the award. The second award came thanks to Wick Hill’s Hamburg office, which pocketed the award for the best performing distributor in Germany Austria and Switzerland in 2005.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, the major Kaspersky distributor in the UK and Germany, commented: "We moved to distributing Kaspersky in the UK after the exceptional success we had with the product in Germany, where our sales volumes won us the fastest growth in distribution award for 2004. The significant sales growth we have had with Kaspersky anti-virus solutions this last year in the UK is based on the excellent technical features of the product such as Spyware and Zero Day Protection, and on the speed of the threat response.”

About Wick Hill

Established in 1976, value added distributor Wick Hill specialises in secure infrastructure solutions. The company's portfolio covers security, performance, access, services and management. Wick Hill sources and delivers best-of-breed, easy-to-use solutions through its channel partners, providing customer support, implementation, training and technical services. Wick Hill's approach is based on solutions with real business benefits, which are secure, reliable, easy-to-use and easy-to-install. A strong commitment to customer service and technical support is a fundamental part of company policy. Wick Hill Ltd is part of Wick Hill Group, based in Woking, Surrey with sister offices in Hamburg. Users of products sourced through Wick Hill include most of the Times Top 1000 companies.

About Kaspersky Lab

Founded in 1997, Kaspersky Lab is an international information security software vendor. Kaspersky Lab is headquartered in Moscow, Russia and has regional offices in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Japan, China, Korea, Romania and the United States. Further expanding the company's reach is its large partner network comprising over 500 companies globally. Virus Lab analysts headed by Eugene Kaspersky, Costin Raiu and Marc Blanchard have over a decade of experience in the antivirus field, allowing them to predict data security trends. For instance, we were the first to develop and implement innovations such as heuristic virus analysis and linguistic text analysis. Such innovations keep the company's product portfolio at the vanguard of the market.

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* Information on testing by Australia’s Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) taken from two articles by Munir Kotadia on ZD Net Australia

July 21st 2006 “Why popular antivirus appliances ‘do not work.’”

http://www.zdnet.com.au/blogs/securifythis/soa/Why_popular_a...

July 19th 2006 “Eighty percent of new malware defeats antivirus”

http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Eighty_percent_of_...

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