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Kaspersky Lab Once Again Named a 'Leader' in the Gartner Magic Quadrant

ABINGDON, England, January 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Kaspersky Lab improves its position and is second-furthest for "completeness of vision" in the "Leaders" portion of the Gartner Magic Quadrant

Kaspersky Lab has today been named a 'Leader' in the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms for the third year in a row.* Kaspersky Lab believes this latest Gartner report honour once again confirms the company's status as a top provider of endpoint protection solutions.

The Gartner Magic Quadrant is an annual market research report based on complex analysis of the endpoint protection platforms of 18 IT security vendors. It can be utilised as a benchmark for companies seeking to evaluate vendors and products in the IT security industry, and can play an important role in the purchase decisions of enterprises on a global scale. Gartner evaluates vendors in two categories: 'completeness of vision' and 'ability to execute'. 'Completeness of vision' includes eight evaluation criteria: market understanding, marketing strategy, sales strategy, offering strategy, business model, vertical/industry strategy, innovation and geographic strategy. The 'ability to execute' criteria includes factors such as the vendor's overall viability, market responsiveness/record, operations, sales execution/pricing, marketing execution and customer experience.

The Magic Quadrant categorises the included vendors of the research into four groups: 'Leaders', 'Challengers', 'Visionaries' and 'Niche Players'. 'Leaders' demonstrate balanced progress and effort in the execution and vision categories. Their capabilities in advanced malware protection, data protection and/or management features raise the competitive bar for all products on the market, and they are shaping the course of the industry. Kaspersky Lab was included in this 'Leaders' group for the third consecutive year based on these criteria. The company has continued to improve its position on the graph and was positioned second furthest for 'completeness of vision' among the other companies in the 'Leaders' portion of the Magic Quadrant.

The company's flagship security solution - Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business - has been recognised by businesses and IT leaders as a solution that not only delivers rapid and accurate malware detection, but also integrates numerous client management tools into a single management console. Some of these security management functions include vulnerability analysis, patch management, application inventory, application control, MDM, and centrally managed file-level and full-disk encryption, with preboot authentication for hard drives and removable devices.

Commenting on the achievement, Nikolay Grebennikov, Chief Technology Officer of Kaspersky Lab, said: "Our ambition is to see a safe and secure cyberspace by providing the ultimate protection to our clients, and we believe our latest position within the Gartner Magic Quadrant shows that we are on the right path. This is a great achievement for us and I think it shows that our long-term strategy of investing heavily in technologies and expertise continues to bring great results. It's very encouraging to see that our efforts are being acknowledged by the leading IT market researcher."

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms is available here.

For additional information, view the blog post at Kaspersky Business blog here: http://business.kaspersky.com/up-and-to-the-right/.

*Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Peter Firstbrook, John Girard, Neil MacDonald, January 8, 2014.

About Gartner Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is the world's largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world's top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users**. Throughout its more than 16-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the United Kingdom, currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at  http://www.kaspersky.co.uk.** The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2012. The rating was published in the IDC report "Worldwide Endpoint Security 2013-2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares (IDC #242618, August 2013). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2012.


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