McAfee Issues 2009 Threat Predictions, Kaspersky Takes On Windows 7 Protection
Article by George Norman
On 21 Jan 2009
Now that all the winter celebrations are over and we are nearly a month into 2009, it is time to open our eyes and focus on what we need to do to stay protected while using the computer . They say that information is power, so knowing what to expect security-wise is a big deal; consequently McAfee has come out and released its predictions for 2009. At the same time, Kaspersky has released a technical preview of Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Windows 7 because all the people that downloaded Windows 7 Beta 1 need to stay protected.

According to McAfee, we can expect to see the following in 2009’s threatscape: people with malicious intent will take advantage of Cloud computing and will use it to hide threats in it; in order to prevent security solutions from neutralizing threats, the latter will become increasingly personalized; USB sticks, flash-memory and other portable storage devices will continue to pose a threat to enterprise security and will be an enticing target for malware and malware spreaders; malware spreaders will post fake ads on the web enticing users to download rogue software (phony security software for example); shutting down McColo had such a great impact on decreasing spam levels that in 2009 we can expect organizations to actively support law enforcement agencies in their fight against spammers.


Moving on, the biggest news for Windows users this year is the official release of the first Beta of Windows 7. Kaspersky foresaw the success of the OS (operating system) and developed a Windows 7 specific security solution which is currently available as a technical preview.

Alexey Kalgin, Director, Product Marketing, Corporate Business Division, Kaspersky Lab explains: “We knew the release of the new version of Windows would be a huge event for the IT community, which is why we were prepared for it. Our company has always made support for Microsoft’s new operating systems a top priority. For example Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Windows Vista was released simultaneously with the operating system’s official launch. When Windows Server 2008 was released, Kaspersky Anti-Virus was the only antivirus product on the market certified by Microsoft. Users can now see for themselves how our antivirus protection technologies perform on the new platform.”

If you would like to take a look at the McAfee 2009 Threat Predictions report, a PDF file is available here.
If you would like to get the technical preview of Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Windows 7, a download location is available here.

Tags: Kaspersky, McAfee, Windows 7
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